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Medical students beaten up over parking dispute

After a student’s uncle refused to pay more for parking, the parking staff at Sassoon Hospital assaulted him and four students who had rushed to his aid

Four students of BJ Medical College sustained grievous injuries after five persons assaulted them with iron rods over a parking dispute on Wednesday night. The accused are contract workers who have been appointed to collect parking fees under the pay and park scheme at Sassoon Hospital, where the incident took place on Wednesday night.


Agitation: MNVS activists and BJ Medical College students protest at the Sassoon hospital, demanding the arrest of parking contractor yesterday; (right) injured student Sunil Gadre. Pics/Mohan Patil

The injured students have been identified as Sumant Sugriv Thombare (22), Ravindra Survase (21), Sunil Gadre (20) and Nitesh Shetliyar, who are pursuing the BSc Nursing course at the college.


Injured student Sunil Gadre. Pics/Mohan Patil

Bundgarden police have booked three persons, including one Pappu Gaikwad, under sections 324, 325 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) of the IPC. The incident took place in front of the Infosys building of Sassoon hospital at around 9 pm, after which the victims approached the police station and filed an FIR.

Parking trouble
The incident took place when one of the student’s uncles got into an argument with the parking staff over parking charges. “My aunt was admitted in Sassoon Hospital and my uncle Sanjay Bikad had parked his two-wheeler inside the hospital premises.

He had paid the required parking charges, but the contractual workers were demanding more money. When Bikad refused to pay the additional amount, the workers started beating him,” said Thombare, one of the victims.

“We rushed to the spot when we got to know about the incident. The workers started beating us with iron rods and chairs. We were all badly injured in the assault,” said Survase.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena (MNVS) activists staged a protest, following which the parking contract was terminated by the college yesterday.

MNVS activist Vikrant Bhilare said, “The hospital administration and Bundgarden police were initially not taking this issue seriously. So, along with the nursing course students, MNVS activists staged a protest demanding the arrest of parking contractor Sanjay Somnath Saswadkar.”

Dean speaks

Dr Ajay Chandanwale, dean of B J Medical College, said, “We have taken this incident very seriously. The parking contract has been terminated, as they have violated the terms of the contract. We have also filed a complaint against the workers.

The pay and park scheme was implemented in the hospital premises since we were receiving many complaints of vehicle theft.

The number of abandoned vehicles was also increasing, due to which the security of the hospital was being compromised.

Considering all these things, the then police commissioner had advised us to introduce the pay and park scheme.”

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