MNS' noisy activism outside hospital goes unchecked

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) today put on a despicable show of protest outside the government-run Rajawadi hospital in Ghatkopar today by bursting crackers and driving in ambulances with blaring sirens despite it being a silence zone.

However, patients disturbed by the cacophony could take heart from the fact that the MNS was protesting against the poor quality of medical care in the hospital.

Orchestrated by MNS MLA Ram Kadam, the call for the protest was made though posters calling for people to join in in the 'Rajawadi tod-phod morcha' on Sunday. The call, as reported by Mumbai Mirror was a reaction to delay in providing prompt care to 11 victims of a car accident.

 MNS noisy activism outside hospital goes unchecked

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The paper also reported that even after 24 hours of the inflammatory posters going up, the police made no attempt to arrest Kadam.

And on Tuesday morning, Kadam and hundreds of his supporters caused a ruckus amid heavy police security and got away facing little action except perhaps glares from the police officials. Many of the MNS workers drove in in empty ambulances with the sirens on full blast.

Since, they could not enter the hospital gates, no vandalism inside the premises was reported. Finally, a delegation led by Ram Kadam was allowed in to meet the authorities to put forth their demands.

On coming out of the hospital, Kadam said the hospital authorities had agreed to all their demands which included increasing the number of beds in the ICU, and extension of  X Ray machine hours to 24 hours.

However, no arrests were made or action taken against Kadam for organising a protest without prior police permission and for breaching noise norms in the silence zone.

Updated Date: Apr 10, 2012 17:02:13 IST