Visakhapatnam: The high-handedness of the Vizag city police in the suspension case of Dr. K. Sudhakar took a political turn after TDP leaders and activists alleged the inhuman treatment of a Dalit doctor for questioning the inefficiency of the YSRCP government. They alleged that the police and the ruling party leaders were trying to prove that the doctor was mentally unstable.
The Vizag commissioner of police, R.K Meena, said the police did not target Dr. Sudhakar, the suspended medical officer of Narsipatnam Area Hospital, for his complaints against the state government for not providing adequate COVID-19 kits.
The commissioner said the city police responded to a call on 100 at 3.45 p.m on 16 May after they received complaints that a doctor was creating a nuisance on the roads. The officers who went to the scene did not know who the doctor was, he said. The commissioner showed video clips taken by the cops during the incident where the doctor was seen using derogatory words against Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy and the state police department.
“When our policemen tried to stop him, he abused them. He removed his shirt, threw food items on the road, and started smoking in public. The doctor provoked the police when he broke a constable’s mobile phone,’’ he said, adding the police personnel had to physically resist him because he was drunk and were worried he might hurt himself or others.
The commissioner said the doctor was taken to King George Hospital where his blood samples were collected and sent to FSL. The police have also booked a case under Sections 353 and 427 of the IPC, he said, adding a constable has been suspended based on the video evidence.
KGH doctors have referred Dr. Sudhakar to the government hospital for mental care where he will be further assessed. Mr Meena said the police are yet to receive any report from doctors about his mental condition.