In a dramatic twist to the Dhule doctor assault case, suspect arrested in the case allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself inside a local police station. The suspect identified as Pradeep Vetal, was taken into custody, after a resident doctor from Dhule civil hospital Dr Rohan Mhamunkar was allegedly mercilessly beaten up by Vetal and a few relatives of his friend who had died in the hospital following an accident.
As per police, Pradeep Vetal reportedly committed suicide on Tuesday afternoon inside the police station lock up. SPS Chaitanya, Superintendent of Police, Dhule said, “We have sent the body for post-mortem. Further investigations have been handed over to CID. More details cannot be divulged at this juncture because the investigations are ongoing.”
According to the police, Pradeep, a resident of Pune had come to Dhule with his mother to meet his family. On Sunday night, Pradeep was riding pillion with his friend, Shatru Shivaji Lashkar, when their bike met with an accident. Pradeep rushed Lashkar to the Dhule civil hospital where he died during treatment. Following Lashkar’s death, Pradeep and a few of Lashkar’s relatives allegedly beat up Dr Mhamunkar.
The doctor sustained severe injuries on his eye and other parts of his body. Following this, a case was registered and police arrested Pradeep and 8 others on Monday. After the arrest, Pradeep was kept in the lock-up, where he reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself.
Angry relatives refused to accept Pradeep’s dead body and demanded that an FIR be registered against the doctors. Meanwhile, the situation in Dhule remained tense throughout Tuesday.
Reacting to the incident, senior doctors opined that doctor-patient relation is very delicate and should be handled sensitively. “Doctors should keep in mind that while talking to relatives and patients they have to be extremely careful. Patient’s relatives are stressed out, and a single word from doctor’s mouth can aggravate the situation,” said a senior doctor.