Chhattisgarh sterilisation tragedy: Death toll at 13, doctor arrested

The doctor, who had conducted the sterilisation surgeries which left 13 women dead, has been arrested by the police, as per news reports on Thursday.

Raipur: The doctor who conducted sterilisation surgeries on 83 women at government orgainsed camp held at Nemichand Jain Cancer and Research Centre at Pendari village in Takhatpur, Chhattisgrah has been taken into police custody.

13 of 83 women who were operated by doctor RK Gupta have died so far. Gupta was arrested from the Baloda Bazar area.

The arrest comes after, Chief Minister Raman Singh on Tuesday ordered suspension of Dr Gupta and directed the police to file a FIR against him.

Reports say that the Chhattisgrah CM on January 26 had awarded Dr Gupta for conducting 1 lakh surgeries.

A 7-member team of doctors from Delhi's AIIMS are looking after the victims of the botched sterilisation procedure.

The Chhattisgarh government has suspended the sale of six drugs used in tubectomies in the government-organised sterilisation camps in Bilaspur district.

These drugs are tablet Ibrufen-400 manufactured by M/s Technical Lab and Pharma Ltd, Haridwar, tab Ciprosin- 500 (M/s Mahawar Pharma Pvt Ltd, Khamardih Raipur), injection Lignocaine and Lignocaine HCL ((M/s Regain Laboratories, Hisar), Absorbent cotton wool (M/s Hampton Industries, Raipur) and Zielone lotion (M/s G Pharma, Indore), it added.

On November 8, about 83 women had undergone surgeries at a sterilisation camp. Later, almost all of them, aged below 32, were hospitalised after they developed post-operative complications.

A three-member committee has been constituted to investigate the incident even as four health officials including two senior doctors - Chief Medical and Health Officer of Bilaspur RK Bhange, laparoscopic surgeon Dr RK Gupta, State Programme Convener, family planning, Dr KC Urao and Block Medical Officer, Takhatpur, Dr Pramod Tiwari - were suspended in this connection.

The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of each of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those undergoing treatment, the cost of which will be borne by the government.

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