Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Jun 29:

The Additional District and Sessions Court of Odisha’s holy town Puri today granted bail to Member of Shree Jagannath Temple Managing Committee and Secretary of Daitapati Niyog Premananda Dasmohapatra and his son-in-law Nabakrushna Prusty in the case pertaining to the alleged assault on a doctor by the duo.

Premananda Das Mohapatra, secretary of the Daitapati Nijog
Premananda Das Mohapatra, secretary of the Daitapati Nijog

The Court allowed the two to go on bail on the production of two bailors and a personal bond (muchalika) of Rs 20,000.

Dasmohapatra and his son-in-law Prusty were arrested on June 24 for allegedly thrashing a doctor at the Puri district headquarters hospital on the night of June 23.

Reportedly, Dasmohapatra had gone to the district headquarters hospital on June 23 night with his grandson as he was ill.

Khirod Chandra Pal, the doctor on duty at that time had advised him to admit his grandson in the hospital saying that his health condition had deteriorated. The doctor asked Dasmohapatra to bring an admission ticket to admit the child following which the latter became furious and asked for the contact number of the Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO).

As the doctor had declined to give the CDMO’s mobile number, Dasmohapatra had allegedly thrashed him. The doctor had later lodged a complaint at Kumbharapada police station.

Pal had complained to the police that he was scolded and beaten by Dasmohapatra and his son-in-law had beaten him with an iron stool.

On the basis of the complaint police had first detained Dasmohapatra and Prusty on the night of the incident, later arrested them the next day and had forwarded them to court. On rejection of their bail applications by the Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate’s Court, they were sent to jail.

On the other hand, Dasmohapatra had lodged a counter complaint with the police that he had come to the hospital with his one and half-year-old grandson who was seriously ill but Pal had misbehaved with him following which there was an exchange of words between them. He had claimed that Pal had first attacked his daughter with his stethoscope and locals present there had attacked the doctor. He had further claimed that since he was a public figure the complaint was lodged against him.