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New Delhi: A doctor and water tanker contractor allegedly committed suicide early morning on Saturday in Delhi’s Neb Sarai area. A suicide note recovered from his house by the police alleges that Aam Aadmi Party Deoli MLA Prakash Jarwal was responsible for his death, police officials told ThePrint.

The victim was a 52-year-old resident of Durga Vihar, who used to run a clinic in the area and was also involved in the business of supplying water with the Delhi Jal Board, since 2007.

According to the suicide note accessed by ThePrint, Prakash Jarwal, and his aides would allegedly pressurise him.

According to the handwritten note in Hindi, the deceased had allegedly given “Rs. 6 lakh from December 2019 to February 2020” adding how Jarwal and his aides continued to trouble and harass him.

The Police has registered a case under sections 306 (abetment of suicide), 386 (extortion), 506 (criminal intimidation), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal code against the accused.

‘Constantly threatened by the AAP MLA’

The suicide note also mentions how he was allegedly threatened by the AAP MLA to pay a hefty amount for the water tankers else the government would terminate his contract. Since he didn’t give into the demands, the person’s water tankers were removed from DJB.

According to the suicide note, Prakash Jarwal, Kapil Nagar and their “men” continously bothered him leaving him no option but to commit suicide. The person also added that his family be kept safe and protected once he is gone.

A tenant noticed the body hanging from the ceiling at around 5:15 am and immediately informed the family members of the deceased.

Police officials of the Neb Sarai thana shared that the body had been sent for postmortem to AIIMS, New Delhi. Deputy commissioner of police (south) Atul Kumar Thakar confirmed that a case had been registered. “A case of abetment of suicide, threat and extortion under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the MLA and his aides,” the DCP told ThePrint, adding that the police had also been handed over certain documents besides the suicide note by the family, that highlight the deceased was under tremendous pressure. “We are just waiting for the postmortem report and I ensure strict action will be taken against the accused,” he further added.

Despite repeated attempts, Prakash Jarwal’s phone was switched off. ThePrint was unable to get his response to the allegations against him.

Jarwal, left his job with an MNC and joined the anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare, following which he fought the Delhi elections from Deoli constituency on an AAP ticket. He was the former Delhi Jal Board vice-chairman before Rajinder Nagar MLA Raghav Chadha took over post the Delhi assembly elections this year.

Earlier, in 2014, the AAP MLA was also arrested for allegedly assaulting a junior engineer of DJB.


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Andhra doctor, suspended for alleging PPE shortage, now beaten by cops for ‘creating nuisance’

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Bengaluru: A doctor with a government hospital in Andhra Pradesh, who was suspended for questioning the shortage of PPE kits, was admitted to a mental health facility Sunday, a day after he was allegedly manhandled by the police and arrested for creating nuisance in Visakhapatnam.

Dr Sudhakar Rao, a government civil surgeon, was beaten, his hands tied behind his back and dragged by police officers Sunday. During the incident, Sudhakar allegedly verbally abused the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in an inebriated state. Videos of the incident have since been widely shared online.

“The police control room received a call about a person creating nuisance on Beach Road Hospital in Visakhapatnam. The Fourth Town police was rushed there and found that the person was the suspended doctor, Sudhakar.

“When the police tried to control him, he snatched the mobile phone of an officer and threw it away. He is suffering from mental disorder and he was drunk. He was sent for a medical examination,” Vishakapatnam Police Commissioner R.K. Meena told the media Sunday.

Sudhakar was admitted to a mental hospital Sunday after doctors at the King George Hospital in Vishakapatnam said he suffered from anxiety.

“Since the doctor is in anxiety and talking irrelevant things, I have referred him to a mental care hospital in Visakhapatnam,” said Dr Radha Rani, medical superintendent, King George Hospital.

A statement released by the hospital said: “Dr Sudhakar was brought to the KGH casualty ward at 6.30 pm. From the smell, it was found that he was in a drunk condition. Under the influence of alcohol, he did not cooperate with anybody there and kept abusing all. Still, his pulse, BP were checked. Pulse was 98, BP 140/100. Blood samples were sent to forensic lab to ascertain alcohol content in his blood.”


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‘Treatment towards Sudhakar was inhuman’

Sudhakar, who spent more than 10 years at the Narsipatnam Government Hospital in Andhra Pradesh, was suspended from his duties in March after he openly criticised the Reddy government for failing to provide PPE kits and N95 masks to doctors treating Covid-19 patients.

He had alleged that the state government was giving N95 masks and PPE kits meant for doctors to politicians and the police.

A video of Sudhakar criticising the government was also shared widely. In the clip, he can be heard saying: “We are putting our lives at risk here. We are asked to use the same mask for 15 days and a fresh mask will be provided only twice a month.”

Speaking to ThePrint, Dr P. Gangadhar Rao, member of the National COVID Committee of the Indian Medical Association, said the manner in which Sudhakar was manhandled by the police was “inhuman” and “violated” human rights.

“We strongly condemn the way he was taken into custody. He was not carrying a weapon, he was alone, the number of policemen outnumbered him. Why treat him like that? We also saw a video where a policeman beats him with a lathi,” said Dr Gangadhar.

He added that Rao was one of the most experienced anaesthetists the Andhra Pradesh government had.

“Our next step of action is to get Sudhakar to write an unconditional apology for having used filthy language, abusing the chief minister and the government. We will then take our appeal to the CM seeking that he be reinstated,” Gangadhar said.


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