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Hyderabad: Whistleblower doc threatens suicide

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | RAJESWARI PARASA
Published Feb 12, 2020, 4:50 am IST
Updated Feb 12, 2020, 4:50 am IST
At around 12.30 pm, Dr Ku-mar entered the hospital with three bottles of petrol inside his shirt and holding a lighter in his hand.
Dr Vasanth Kumar (top) is surrounded by police officers at Gandhi Hospital in Secunderabad, after he threatened to set himself ablaze on the hospital premises on Tuesday. He had packed three bottles of petrol in his vest and held a lighter, and said he would immolate himself. After a stand-off, police and firemen (left) grabbed him, doused him in water and took him into police custody.  (Photo:  S. Surender Reddy)
 Dr Vasanth Kumar (top) is surrounded by police officers at Gandhi Hospital in Secunderabad, after he threatened to set himself ablaze on the hospital premises on Tuesday. He had packed three bottles of petrol in his vest and held a lighter, and said he would immolate himself. After a stand-off, police and firemen (left) grabbed him, doused him in water and took him into police custody. (Photo: S. Surender Reddy)

Hyderabad: A resident medical officer of Gandhi General Hospital, Dr. Vasanth Kumar, on Tuesday threatened to commit suicide by self-immolation. He attributed his recent transfer from the hospital after he highlighted its lack of security and sanitation during a meeting three days ago on the hospital’s preparedness against the coronavirus infection.

At around 12.30 pm, Dr Ku-mar entered the hospital with three bottles of petrol inside his shirt and holding a lighter in his hand. He claimed he was forced out of the hospital for raising concerns about its state of aff-airs. When threatened to set himself on fire, a cop grabbed the doctor’s hand. Fire services personnel arrived at the spot and sprayed fire retardant foam on Dr Kumar as a precaution.

 

He was posted in the casualty ward and claimed his tran-sfer was reported by regional media news outlets as a case of suspension, with some claiming that he had confirmed positive coronavirus. “These sullied my reputation and standing,” he reportedly said. “I want to kill myself.”

At the recent coronavirus meeting, the discussion got heated when he raised security matters. He had an inqu-iry under the Right to Infor-mation Act, through which he learnt that only 30 security guards were deployed while funds were allotted for 100 security guards.

Following the meeting, the hospital superintendent wrote to higher authorities saying Dr Kumar created a disturbance at their meeting, following which he was transferred to DMHO.

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Location: India, Telangana, Hyderabad




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