Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, June 9:
In its bid to check criminal activities near hospitals and minimize loot attempts on hospital employees while going to banks for the daily cash deposits , the Commissionerate Police today advised the representatives of 29 hospitals, both private and government, including the Capital Hospital and AIIMS in Odisha’s capital city, to stay alert and take proper security measures.
It may be noted here that while Rs 17 lakh was looted from the cashier of the Aditya Care Hospital at Damana Square on February 3 this year, unidentified robbers looted Rs 11 lakh from an accountant of the Sum Hospital when he was going to deposit money in a bank in Khandagiri on June 5.
The twin city Commissioner of Police Dr RP Sharma during his discussion with the representatives of the hospitals advised them to take adequate precautions to minimize their vulnerability to criminals.
He also said efforts should be put in place by the hospital authority in installing new gadgets like high quality Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras, proper scrutiny during recruitment of staff and hiring trained security guards to keep an eye on anti-social elements near the hospital.
Dr Sharma also advised the representatives to keep the police informed about any suspicious activity in and around the hospital and to take proper security measures while going to deposit cash in the bank. Coordination between the hospital administration and the police can prevent crime to a great extent, he told them.
Police sources said that 70 hospital-related cases have been registered in different police stations in the city so far. Of this 33 cases of robbery, theft of motorcycles and snatching of mobile phones have been reported from the Capital Hospital alone.