PATNA: Armed criminals made abortive attempts to kidnap a prominent orthopedic surgeon Dr Praveen Kumar Jha late Tuesday night.
Jha, a senior resident doctor, is posted at Patna-based Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH).
Reports said the doctor was returning home at around 9.30 at night after attending patients at his private clinic at Paliganj market in Patna district when some six motorcycle-borne criminals began chasing him.
Sensing the trouble, the doctor asked the driver to drive fast and then asked him to stop when the car reached near the gate of the Dulhin Bazar police station, hoping the fear of police would get the criminals away.
However, once the car stopped, the criminals tried to drag the doctor out of the car opening fire on the car but he somehow fled. Failing his in attempts, the criminals wounded his compounder by opening fire at him and also assaulted his driver.
The criminals also looted doctor’s Alto car before fleeing the scene. Late at night, it was recovered by the police.
The incident comes barely a day after the criminals sought an extortion of Rs five million from another prominent doctor who runs a diagnostic centre in Patna and also sent a live cartridge to him along with the extortion note in an envelope to terrorise him.
The Indian Medical Association has voiced serious concern over such incidents and condemned attacks on doctors.
“The government has failed to establish a ‘rule of law’ in Bihar. It seems the criminals have gone out of control,” alleged state IMA president Dr Sachchidanand Kumar.
Image Caption: Compounder who was injured by the criminals