Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Thursday, Jun 30, 2011
ePaper | Mobile/PDA Version
Google



Tamil Nadu

News: ePaper | Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Retail Plus | Classifieds | Jobs | Obituary |

Tamil Nadu - Madurai Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

DMK man among four held

Special Correspondent

MADURAI: Four persons including a Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam functionary was arrested on charges of theft and cheating here on Wednesday.

Police said that the accused persons were operating a pay and use toilet-cum-bathroom in the Government Rajaji Hospital for the last one or two years for the ‘benefit' of attendants of in-patients. It was stated that the GRH authorities had provided the facility following a directive from a former Collector to whom a petition was submitted at the regular grievances day. As the petitioner was a visually challenged person, the hospital authorities were instructed to provide space on humanitarian grounds by the district administration.

However, recently it came to light that a DMK functionary had been allegedly operating the bathroom and toilet facility in the name of the visually challenged person.

Following complaints from public and media expose, the CPI (M) MLA R. Annadurai visited the hospital on Wednesday.

Police investigations suggested that the operator had stolen water meant for public distribution in the hospital toilets and bathrooms and collected Rs 10 per person for bathing. The operator had also sold drinking water to the needy public at exorbitant rates, a police officer said.

Cases under IPC Sections 294 B, 341, 379 and 420 among others were registered. The names of the accused were given as Muthu, R.L. Raj, his son R. Ramkumar and Arumugam. They were produced before a court. Further investigation is on.

Collector U. Sagayam had recently inspected the GRH campus during the night and went around various wards. In his interaction with the public, he was informed of various deficiencies, to which he had assured action.

MLA warns hunger strike

Mr. Annadurai also threatened to sit in an indefinite hunger strike in front of the hospital if theft of water supplied to the operation theatre was not stopped.

Addressing a demonstration organised to condemn the increase in price of diesel and cooking gas here on Wednesday, Mr. Annadurai said the misdeeds that were reported during the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam regime still continued. “If the officials do not intervene and put an end to it, I will go on an indefinite strike,” the MLA said.

The MLA along with the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Anna Nagar), Vellaidurai, made a surprise inspection at the hospital and found that water meant for the operation theatre was being partly diverted to a modern toilet functioning on the hospital premises.

“People were forced to pay Rs. 35 for washing and bathing and Rs. 10 for bathing,” he said. The MLA said that the person manning the toilet claimed that a senior officer of the hospital had allowed the “illegal” tapping. “How can such an illegal tapping be allowed when the operation theatre is not getting adequate water?” he asked. He promised to allot Rs 5 lakh from his constituency development fund for providing pipeline to the hospital from the Vaigai.

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail



Tamil Nadu

News: ePaper | Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Retail Plus | Classifieds | Jobs | Obituary | Updates: Breaking News |


News Update



The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | The Hindu ePaper | Business Line | Business Line ePaper | Sportstar | Frontline | Publications | eBooks | Images | Ergo | Home |

Copyright 2011, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu