KARWAR, 4 Jan: Yet again a minister is in controversy, this time Uttara Kannada BJP MP Anant Kumar Hegde grab the space in the headline for assaulting two doctors and a private hospital worker in Sirsi town on Tuesday.
It is stated that the minister was angry as the doctors didn’t attend to his mother on priority.
According to the sources, the MP’s mother Lalita Hegde suffered a leg fracture after she slipped in her house on Monday.
She was taken to the TSS Hospital in Sirsi. As the doctor on duty was busy in the operation theatre, Hegde had to wait for some time before getting medical attention.
However, patience ran out for Kumar, who stormed into the hospital at dawn and asked the doctors to attend to his mother.
The doctors allegedly gave an impolite reply. The MP then dragged Dr GV Madhukeshwar out of the ward and thrashed and kicked him.
When Dr Balachandra Bhat and employee Rahul Musharkar came to save Madhukeshwar, the MP fearlessly assaulted them as well.
They suffered injuries and deep cuts on the throat, head and face.
CCTV clips showed a woman doctor, who tried to save Madhukeshwar, was rudely pushed aside by the MP’s associates.
The Totagarara Seva Samiti, which runs the hospital, is chaired by Shantaram Hegde, the district Congress president.
Also when the doctors tried to file a police complaint, the MP allegedly threatened them with a counter-complaint.
Later, the hospital administration and the MP arrived at a compromise. Shantaram Hegde refused to comment saying “the issue is closed”.