Newsdesk- Dr K Sudhakar who had complained about shortage of PPE kits last month, was beaten and dragged on road by Vizag police on Thursday, Hindustan Times reported.
In a video doing the rounds on social media, bare-chested Dr K Sudhakar can be seen with his hands tied behind his back, being dragged and beaten by the police. He was later taken to the Police station in an auto-rickshaw as people gathered on the road looked on.
KGH hospital: Dr Sudhakar was brought to KGH casualty ward at 6.30 PM. Initial assessment from the smell was he was inebriated. He didn't cooperate with anybody there & abusing all. Still, pulse, BP tests conducted. For further checkup- referred to govt mental health Institute. https://t.co/TLWrMqnpli
— Paul Oommen (@Paul_Oommen) May 16, 2020
Sudhakar, a doctor at the Nasrsipatnam government hospital, was suspended last month after he complained about the shoratge of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits and N95 masks.0
Vizag Police commissoner, R.K Meena, alleged that Sudhakar was in a drunken state and was creating creating nuisance on the highway. “Sudhakar was in a drunken state and he behaved rudely with the police. He snatched the mobile phone from a constable and threw it away,” the commissioner told Hindustan Times. “The doctor is apparently suffering from some psychological problems,” he added.
However, the commissioner also told Hindustan times that the constable who is seen beating Sudhakar has now been suspended.
The opposition Telugu Desam Party, CPI and other parties condemned the incident, saying it reflected the law and order situation in the state.
“It was an inhuman treatment meted out to a Dalit doctor for questioning the inefficiency of the government. The police and the ruling party leaders are trying to project him as a mentally challenged person to defend their action,” TDP politburo member Varla Ramaiah alleged.