Ujjain: Pushpa Mission Hospital, run by the Ujjain diocese in Madhya Pradesh was vandalized and critical life support systems were disrupted by a mob of suspected BJP workers.
The power, water and generator back-up facilities to the 200-bed hospital with in-patient services, operation theatres, critical care units, including neo-natal wards and a blood bank, have reportedly been damaged.
Media coordinator of the Ujjain diocese, Father Vinish told Onmanorama that a mob of around 100 people barged into the hospital compound around 10 am Monday with earth movers and demolished a wall in the hospital compound.
According to the sources in the diocese the attack was instigated by one Gagan Singh, the private assistant to Chintamani Malviya, the incumbent BJP MP from Ujjain.
Gagan Singh had allegedly been staking claim to nearly 4,000 square feet of land that is currently attached to the hospital.
According to reports, the land dispute had reached the court in January and the church authorities had obtained a stay order on the plea by Singh.
But on Monday, the court ruled in favour of Singh's claim of the land and a mob descended on the hospital with an earth mover and demolished a compound wall that stood on the disputed piece of land. The mob also erected a temporary wall with iron mesh.
In the process, they disconnected power and generator supply to the hospital. A water line running in the disputed plot was also damaged.
The church authorities said that the unruly mob attacked the nurses who had rushed out seeing the commotion. They also alleged that the police refused to intervene till the time this report was filed.
The Mahila Thana authorities also allegedly refused to register a complaint against the mob that reportedly attacked the nurses who resisted.
The videos show that some of the attackers came with their faces covered.
Video footage from the spot also showed several masked men vandalising the hospital premises with pickaxes and sticks and a JCB pulling down gates and the compound wall.
The communications head of the Ujjain diocese said that nurses were pushed around and the assailants even twisted the hand of one of them.
At the time of filing this report, the critical and life support systems were working on a temporary generator system and several emergency services were not smoothly functioning.
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