Karachi: Patient beaten up at JPMC by Rangers
Karachi: In a strange and outrageous course of events, a patient who was likely suffering from typhoid was allegedly beaten up and thrown out of the Emergency ward of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) by private security guards as well as Rangers personnel on Tuesday, for vehemently refusing to use the female toilet.
Maulana Naveed Abbassi, who teaches at a local Madressah, was brought to JPMC’s emergency department after experiencing high fever and a severely upset stomach. His companion, Azhar Shah, told members of the media that he was referred to the JPMC by local physician who suspected his condition was a result of typhoid.
“I just inquired about the toilet after which the staff sent to the men’s toilet that was locked. When I pointed this out, they guided me to the women’s toilets to which I strongly protested. The security staff then beat me up and called Rangers who not only thrashed me but also threw me out of the hospital” said Naveed while narrating the incident to journalists outside JPMC’s emergency ward.
Sindh Rangers’ spokesman Major Bilal said that the patient was attempting entry into the women’s toilet when he was intercepted, and when Abbasi refused to comply he was shown the door.
However, Shah confirmed Abbassi’s account of the violent episode. He maintained that private security guards not only subjected the teacher to a severe beating but they also prompted Rangers personnel who started butting him with their rifles and kicking him with their boots.
Upon arrival at the emergency ward, this scribe witnessed security guards as well as Rangers personnel dragging the patient out of the ward and tossing him in front of the gate while bellowing threats that if the teacher tried to enter the premises again he would suffer worse consequences.
The security guards also misbehaved with journalists who were gathered outside the emergency department, refusing to let them take pictures and also forcing them to leave the JPMC premises.
Maulana Naveed was later taken to a private hospital for treatment. JMPC officials were unavailable to comment on the incident, including Dr Seemi Jamali who is in charge of the emergency department.