Pregnant woman beaten to death

Baripada: Tension ran high on premises of the district headquarters hospital here on Monday after a pregnant woman was allegedly beaten to death by a nurse.

The deceased has been identified as Debajani, wife of Khudiram Singh of Kainsali village under Badasahi block of Mayurbhanj district.

Irate over the incident, the family members of the deceased and locals gheraoed chief district medial officer’s office demanding stringent action against the erring officials.

The mob withdrew their protest after the intervention of medical officials and police.

According to sources, Debajani was admitted to the government-run hospital on Sunday and was supposed to undergo surgery in the next day.

But when she experienced labour pain, the Asha worker who accompanied her called a nurse to attend her. Instead of treating her, the nurse beat the woman causing her death along with the stillborn, the sources added.

Meanwhile, a complaint has been lodged at the Baripada Town police station.

Baripada sub-collector Diganta Routray said, “Primary investigation revealed that the victim was not provided better healthcare facility. We have asked the CDMO to suspend the nurse.”