On August 29, Mumbai came to standstill due to torrential rains. While Deepak Amarapurkar, a senior gastroenterologist of the Bombay hospital went missing after he slipped in the unguarded manhole. After missing for more than 36 hours, the body of Dr Deepak Amarapurkar, was found on August 31, at the Worli seashore. This incident stirred controversy and the local administration had to face flak from the eminent personalities and the citizens.
Owing to this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office (PMO) has taken a note of the tragic incident, by sending a letter to Sumeet Mallick, Chief Secretary, Government of Maharashtra.
The move was taken after Indian Medical Association (IMA) blamed BMC for negligence regarding Dr Aamrapurkar’s untimely death and had also written a letter to PM Modi by demanding a strict action against the concerned authorities by penalising them under the Criminal Act.
While talking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Sudhir Patil President IMA Mumbai said, “We had written to many authorities but PMO is the first to respond. It is heartening to see that PMO has taken this incident into account. But we are going to continue our fight for justice. We are going to fight for Mumbaikars.”
IMA Mumbai Branch has also filed a PIL with respect to the tragic death of Dr Amarapurkar. After PMO’s reply, Dr Shivkumar Utture, Treasurer, IMA (Maharashtra) spoke to My Medical Mantra. “It is good to see that at least someone is concerned about his death. Dr Deepak Amarapurkar’s death is a huge loss to the medical fraternity,” said Dr Utture.
Dr Gautam Bhansali, Dr Amarapurkar’s close associate and consulting general physician at Bombay Hospital, too expressed his feelings. “It’s unfortunate to lose a man in this way. I am happy that PMO has taken a note of this incident. Now, the state and BMC must act,” said Dr Bhansali.
Letter from PMO
I am desired to forward herewith a letter/gist of oral representation dated August 31st, 2017 received in this office from Dr Sudhir Patil for action as appropriate. Reply maybe sent to the petitioner and the copy of the same maybe uploaded on the portal – Alok Suman, Section Officer