AGARTALA: The Tripura High Court on Monday ordered the state government to pay a compensation of Rs. 10 lakh to the mother of advocate Bhaskar Debroy, who died due to suspected medical negligence at the Gobind Ballabh Pant (GBP) hospital.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice AK Kureshi and Justice SG Chattopadhyay heard the petition on January 4. The petition was filed by advocate Pulak Saha who accused the police and hospital staff of GBP hospital of attempting to cover up ‘system failure.’
On March 6 last year, Bhaskar Debroy had met with an accident, and fire service staff brought him to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the next day. His family later alleged negligence of duty by medical officers and other paramedical staff.
Lawyers staged protests and candlelight marches in Agartala, demanding justice for Debroy. Left youth bodies too held a demonstration in front of Tripura Police Headquarters, asking for ‘proper investigation’ into the advocate’s death.
Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, who also holds the health portfolio, visited Debroy’s family and assured them all steps were being taken to probe the matter. Six days after the incident, two doctors were suspended.
The state Health department formed a four-member team to investigate purported medical negligence. The audit team found Debroy had 17 serious and critical injuries and yet the doctors on duty didn’t check him properly, Advocate Purushottam Roy Barman said today.
He also said the High Court order has revealed the poor condition of healthcare facilities and said the lawyer’s death was a "gross violation of human rights."
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