As the four corporators — Nationalist Congress Party’s Najeeb Mulla and Hanumant Jagdale, Congress’ Vikrant Chavan and independent Sudhakar Chavan — allegedly involved in builder Suraj Parmar’s suicide case, underwent medical tests in Thane Civil Hospital on Saturday afternoon, a 22-year-old man was forced to spend two painful hours waiting for treatment, outside the hospital.
Vikrant Chavan, Hanumant Jagdale, Sudhakar Chavan and Najib Mulla. Pics/Datta Kumbhar
The hospital had shut down while the tests were done. The man, who didn’t want to be named due to fear of backlash from the corporators’ supporters, was treated after the biggest civic medical facility of the city reopened its gates post the medical tests of the corporators.
The corporators were taken to the hospital around 2 pm. Their supporters followed the police on motorcycles and cars to the hospital. As the vehicles created an unmanageable traffic issue, the police and hospital authorities decided to shut it, resulting in also closing it for other patients and their relatives.
Writhing in pain
The youngster had fractured his right arm in a road accident two weeks ago and had been avoiding treatment, but after the pain became unbearable and the swelling increased, he went to the hospital, and arrived moments after the gates were shut.
“I didn’t have money to go to a private hospital and the authorities told me that the gates will open after some time. Later when I inquired about the traffic, they told me about the ongoing medical tests of some politicians, due to which the gates were shut. I had no option but to wait,” said the youngster.
As he had no money or even a way to contact his family or friends, the civic hospital was his only option to avail of medical assistance. “Just because of the medical tests of four accused corporators, I had to wait for two hours. This is not the way to treat a patient,” said the agonised youngster.
The gates of the hospital were opened after the medical tests of the corporators and when the supporters were cleared, the youngster was treated in the emergency room of the hospital. Despite repeated attempts to contact them, the hospital authorities were not available for comment.