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Kolkata: The bereaved family of a Freedom Fighter has accused an upscale private hospital in Kolkata of delaying his relocation to a government hospital because of pending bill and in turn, contributing to his death.

The family of Sudhir Krishna Das (107) has lodged a complaint with the West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission over this.

Das, a Freedom Fighter from Basirhat in North 24-Parganas, was admitted to AMRI Hospital at Salt Lake on 30 May. He was suffering from age-related ailments.

With his condition being critical, the private hospital moved him to the intensive critical care unit the next day. Over the next four-five days, he betrayed no signs of improvement whereas, the hospital bill touched Rs 4.5-lakh.

The family realised that at this rate, the will not be able to fund the treatment at the private hospital. His son, subsequently, approached Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for help. Banerjee’s office, in turn, arranged for the Freedom Fighter’s admission to the state-owned Nil Ratan Sirkar (NRS) Medical College and Hospital at Sealdah in the city.

“I came hurrying to AMRI with the letter from CMO and urged them to relocate my father at once. By then, we had paid Rs 2.5-lakh to the hospital. Yet, AMRI harassed us like anything and denied to release my father until we cleared the due amount,” his son alleged.

“I had to go to the police station, and at the cops’ intervention, AMRI finally released my ailing father. They made me sign an undertaking for the payment of the dues. In the process, precious five hours was lost.”

Freedom Fighter Das was finally shifted to NRS Medical College and was moved to the ICU straightway. He breathed his last there today morning. His son says that had not AMRI Hospital delayed the relocation over the dues, Das would have probably lived a few more days.

He has also lodged a complaint with the West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission over this. AMRI Hospital has denied the charges and said that they only made the family sign a commitment paper for payment of dues while the patient was being tended to in the ICCU.