There is heavy police presence at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) based Sir Sunderlal Hospital in Varanasi after a scuffle reportedly between junior doctors and the relative of a patient on Monday night. One person has been taken into custody and the situation is under control at the university campus and hospital. Police said that security officials have been deployed near the hospital area which falls within the BHU premises.
The situation is under control. We will collect CCTV footage to identify the culprits and we have detained one person,' said a police official.
According to a report, the police booth near Lakshman Das guest house and two bikes were set ablaze by protesters and a State Bank of India ATM within the BHU premises was also vandalised. At least six students were injured.
The controversy began when a group of people reached the hospital and asked the doctors to provide a bed to a patient in the male surgery ward on the sixth floor. When the doctors said that they can’t provide a bed due to non-availability, the kin resorted to violent protests.
According to the report, the protesters, allegedly students, beat up the junior doctors after the denial of a bed to the patient they were accompanying. When students were going to file a complaint against the doctors a few people outside the medical hostel beat them up which led to violent protest throughout the night.
Meanwhile, police said that security officials are on their toes and are keeping a close check on any suspicious movement.