On camera: Karnataka BJP MP Ananthkumar Hegde assaults doctors
Karnataka BJP MP Ananthkumar Hegde was caught on camera manhandling and assaulting doctors at a private hospital in Sirsi in the state on Monday night, alleging negligence while treating his mother.
However, the episode ended in a compromise after Hegde apologised to the doctors for his action, The Hindu reported. Two doctors and a medical staff bore the brunt of his anger.
Doctors of the TSS hospital clarified that there was no negligence on their part.
Doctors staged a protest urging the Assistant Commissioner of Sirsi to initiate steps to prevent recurrence of such attacks.
The incident happened when the MP visited the hospital to see his mother, who was there to receive treatment for hip fracture. The CCTV footage that went viral on social media and television channels showed Hegde pushing a doctor, trying to kick him, and also blowing punches. Duty doctor Balachandra Bhat, orthopedic surgeon Madhukeshwar, and medical staff Rahul sustained minor injuries.
After a meeting of doctors and the Indian Medical Association office-bearers, where Hegde offered an apology, the doctors and medical staff decided not to pursue the case.
The MP said he was angry after seeing his mother’s pain.
Meanwhile, sources in the hospital reportedly said his mother was brought there nine days after she fell.