Tension prevailed when relatives of a baby vandalised a private hospital follwing its death in Ashoka Nagar on Sunday accusing the staff of negligence.
The two-and-a-half-month-old son of Rupa and Rajendra died as no doctor in Akshaya hospital attended to him on time, they alleged. The parents had taken the boy to Kasturba nursing home at midnight, from where he was referred to Akshya Hospital.
The staff treated the baby the whole night and it was just before the child’s death around 9 am that a doctor examined him, alleged the infant’s uncle Jagadish, a JD(S) leader from Gubbi.
As the news spread, hundreds of people from Dibburu area thronged the hospital premises.
When they pelted stones at the hospital, the police intervened and brought the situation under control. New extension police have registered a case. The body was handed over to the parents after post-mortem.
The hospital which specialises in orthopaedics did not have a pediatrician as a result another child died late last night, sources said.
The district administration had taken action against a private nursing home on Kunigal road when labour deaths of mothers and babies were happening frequently.
Sources said some electronic media crew allegedly instigated the mob to pelt stones at the hospital.