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Featured Image: A file photo of Ruby Hospital on Rashbehari Connector, EM Bypass in Kolkata. 

By A Newsman

Kolkata, 06 September: POPULAR private nursing home, Ruby General Hospital on Kolkata’s E M Bypass, suffered massive vandalism late on yesterday night after the staff stopped the kin of a patient from entering an intensive therapy unit (ITU) post the visiting hours.

A mob of around 150 people broke benches, counters at the nursing home’s ground floor reception arena and also smashed the exterior glazes on the first and second floors of the four-storey building.

The vandals also damaged two vehicles, including one belonging to the Anandapur police station after the cops went to the nursing home to control the mob. Till Sunday afternoon, police have arrested five youths for their involvement in the vandalism and have confiscated 15 motorbikes on which the vandals had reached the nursing home.

Police and Ruby Hospital sources said that Ashok Roy, a resident of Picnic Gardens in south Kolkata, was admitted to the nursing home on 3 September with severe head injuries. He was operated upon the next day and since then has been kept on observation at an ITU on the second floor.

Around 11.30 on Saturday night, some relatives and friends of Roy reached the hospital and demanded that all of them be allowed an entry into the ITU to reassure themselves of the patient’s health. This is because, they allegedly got to know that the patient has passed away due to lapse in treatment and yet the nursing home has kept him in ITU to mint money.  

The staff manning the ITU stopped them, saying the patient was recuperating well, but the kin could not be allowed an entry as the rules do not permit any visitor into an ITU so late into the night.

Soon an argument broke out over the issue and the patient party summoned more people to the hospital over the phone. A large group arrived on motorbikes in no time and started breaking the glazing by throwing stones from outside; they also broke the infrastructure at the hospital’s ground floor reception.

Private security guards employed by the nursing home tried to stop them but were beaten up. A team that rushed in from Anandapur police station after being informed by the management, faced brickbats and their car was also damaged. The situation came under control around 2 am only after the police called in reinforcements from other nearby police stations.

Police suspect that a rowdy group from the hospital’s surroundings had joined in the Picnic Gardens group in the vandalism and the cops were now conducting raids to nab the others involved in the incident.