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RAWALPINDI, June 10: Enraged relatives of a patient, who died while undergoing surgery at the District Headquarters Hospital, attacked the doctors, tore their clothes off and smashed the windowpanes of the operation theater.

The surgeon and his colleagues saved themselves by locking the doors of the operation theater (OT), but the livid relatives smashed the windows in an attempt to enter the OT.

However, the hospital administration called the police which arrived to control the situation.

Police said the victim of a roadside accident, Amir Rukhsar, had been brought to the hospital on Sunday in a critical condition and the doctors had advised surgery.

The patient had then been shifted to the operation theater, where Dr Ammad and his team carried out the surgery, but the patient could not survive. When the doctors pronounced the victim dead, his relatives got angry and attacked the doctors.

Dr Irfan Khilji, the deputy medical superintendent of the hospital, said the victim had already been in a critical condition and could not survive the operation.

He said after the patient’s death, his relatives got violent and beat the doctors, resulting in bruises and minor injuries. However, police intervention helped the hospital administration control the enraged people.

Later a criminal case was registered against the relatives of the deceased, but no arrest was made since the family was busy in the funeral ceremony.