Bengaluru, Jan 12: Karnataka Police have formed three teams to track down the controversial BJP MP Anant Kumar Hegde who has been absconding after assaulting two doctors and paramedical staff of a private college at Sirsi near Karwar. He had beaten them alleging them that they had not treated on priority her mother admitted the hospital for a leg fracture.

Soon after Home Minister G Parameshwara directed the police to register a suo moto case against BJP MP Anant Kumar Hegde after a video showing him assaulting two doctors in a private hospital went viral, the Uttara Kannada police have formed three teams to trace him, superintendent of police Vinayak Patil said,

“We had sent a notice to the MP, but he did not reply, and when we went to his house in Sirsi, he was not available. Meanwhile, we have recorded statements of the doctors in this case and are inspecting CCTV footages of the hospital as part of our inquiry.”

Various organisations, including the Indian Medical Association (IMA), staged a protest against the MP. Later, Hegde and the hospital arrived at a compromise.
The doctors, who were assaulted have not registered any complaint against Hegde. Sirsi New Market police have registered a suo moto case.

Uttara Kannada MP Hegde assaulted two doctors and a private hospital worker in Sirsi town on Tuesday. He was angry that they didn’t attend to his mother on priority.

Sources said that the MP’s mother Lalita Hegde suffered a leg fracture after a fall in her house on Monday. She was rushed to TSS Hospital in Sirsi. Since the doctor on duty was busy in the operation theatre, Hegde had to wait for some time before getting medical attention.

However, patience ran out for Kumar, who stormed into the hospital at dawn and asked the doctors to attend to his mother. The doctors allegedly gave an impolite reply. The MP then dragged Dr GV Madhukeshwar out of the ward and thrashed and kicked him. When Dr Balachandra Bhat and employee Rahul Musharkar tried to save Madhukeshwar, the MP assaulted them as well. They suffered injuries and deep cuts on the throat, head and face.

CCTV cameras also showed a woman doctor, who tried to save Madhukeshwar, was rudely pushed aside by the MP’s associates. The Totagarara Seva Samiti, which runs the hospital, is chaired by Shantaram Hegde, the district Congress president. When the doctors tried to file a police complaint, the MP allegedly threatened them with a counter-complaint. Later, the hospital administration and the MP arrived at a compromise. Shantaram Hegde refused to comment saying “the issue is closed”.

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