BHOPAL: In a chilling episode, the badly mauled body of an octogenarian woman was found in the premises of a government hospital in Rajgarh district of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday morning.
The woman identified as Bismillah Khan had been admitted in the female ward of the same hospital by police a week back, but had left the hospital mysteriously a couple of days back.
Acting in the matter, particularly following the possibility of the woman's body having been mauled by stray animals on the rear side of the hospital premises, the Rajgarh district administration has ordered a probe by sub divisional magistrate (SDM) and sub divisional officer of police (SDOP).
While confirming that a probe has been ordered into the episode, additional DM Rajgarh district Rajesh Jain said the badly mauled body of the woman was found in the backside of the hospital premises by the safai staff in the morning.
"Primary probe has revealed that the woman Bismillah Khan had fallen ill at a religious fair in the district recently. She was brought to the hospital by police and admitted for treatment, She, however, left the hospital a couple of days back. The hospital safai staff, however, spotted a badly mauled body on the backside of hospital on Sunday morning," the ADM said.
"The body was spotted by the safai staff owing to the intolerable stench emanating from it. With the body being in extremely bad shape, its autopsy was conducted at the spot where it was found," hospital civil surgeon Dr S Yadu told journalists.
While remaining tight-lipped over the possible mauling of the elderly woman's body by stray animals on backside of the hospital premises, the civil surgeon said that portion of the hospital is cleaned once a week or fortnight.
This matter at the government hospital in Rajgarh (130 km from state capital Bhopal) is not the first one of its kind in the state, as in January this year the mauled body of a newborn girl child was found in the garden of Indore's MY Hospital, which is the largest government hospital in MP.
Also, in June 2016, stray dogs had reportedly walked away with the body of a stillborn from the burns unit of the same MY Hospital.
Further, in December 2016, rats reportedly ate the eyes of a dead woman at the government run Hamidia Hospital in state capital Bhopal.
Acting in the matter, the chief minister had inspected the Hamidia hospital and ordered shifting of then additional chief secretary (medical education) Prabhanshu Kamal and dean of Gandhi Medical College Dr Ulka Shrivastava.