Video: Uttarakhand cops drive jeep into AIIMS Rishikesh ’waiting gallery’ to arrest man accused of molestation

Uttarakhand news: The video, widely circulating on social media, is said to have been recorded when police reached AIIMS Rishikesh to arrest a nursing officer accused of molesting a woman doctor.

Written By Akriti Anand
Updated23 May 2024
Uttarakhand news: The video was reportedly recorded at the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in Rishikesh.
Uttarakhand news: The video was reportedly recorded at the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in Rishikesh.

At the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) Rishikesh, a dramatic scene unfolded on Tuesday when a police jeep drove through a crowded 'waiting gallery' to arrest a nursing officer accused of molestation. A purported video of the incident went viral on social media on Thursday.

Police arrested the nursing officer of AIIMS-Rishikesh on Tuesday for allegedly molesting a female doctor at the premier health facility.

The accused, identified as Satish Kumar, allegedly molested the doctor on the hospital premises on Sunday evening, news agency PTI reported. "He also sent an obscene SMS to her," Rishikesh Kotwali SHO Shankar Singh Bisht was quoted as saying.

"The accused nursing officer was arrested on Tuesday evening," the police officer said.

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The viral video

The video, widely circulating on social media, is said to have been recorded when police reached AIIMS Rishikesh to arrest the accused. The video shows a police jeep entering an area at the hospital full of patients lying on stretchers. Some guards and officials could also be seen making way for the police vehicle by shifting the stretchers.

According to a report, the incident took place on the fourth floor of AIIMS Rishikesh as SSP Dehradun reached the hospital for investigation.

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The Uttarakhand Police also reacted to the viral video. According to India Today, the SSP of Dehradun confirmed that the vehicle was taken to the fourth floor of AIIMS-Rishikesh, and an investigation was underway.

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Meanwhile, Garhwal's Inspector-General of Police Karan Singh Nagnyal said, "There was so much anger among the people that they wanted to attack the accused. The AIIMS administration escorted the police car..."

"The AIIMS administration took them there so that the accused could go out through the safe green corridor...," Nagnyal told news agency ANI.

"The video being shown is not an emergency ward but a waiting gallery for the patients to stay in before their admission. According to the primary information, the said emergency route was used by the security officer to take out the accused under the above circumstances," the SSP was quoted as saying.

The case of molestation

According to Nagnyal, the victim is a junior doctor, and on the information received on May 21, a case of molestation was immediately registered. "Considering the seriousness of the situation, the accused was immediately arrested,” he said.

The alleged harassment incident at AIIMS Rishikesh sparked anger among the resident doctors, who raised slogans outside the office of the Dean Academics on Monday. They demanded stern action against the accused.

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Following the doctors' protest, a case was registered at Rishikesh Kotwali police station. Satish Kumar, the accused, was suspended and arrested on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, a day after the accused nursing officer's arrest, the protesting resident doctors demanded the "termination" of his service.

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