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Pregnant woman dies at Kushtia clinic, sparks protests

  • Published at 05:16 pm July 20th, 2019
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Ritu died of excessive bleeding as the clinic did not have necessary instruments to treat her

A pregnant woman has reportedly died due to excessive bleeding after delivering her child at a private clinic in Bheramara upazila, Kushtia.

The incident angered the locals and relatives of the deceased, prompting them to vandalize the clinic on Saturday.

The deceased is Ritu Khatun, 22, wife of Anisur Rahman of Mirpur upazila.

The deceased's cousin, Rabbi said: "Ritu was admitted to the clinic with labour pain at 12 am on Friday, when the clinic owner told them that there was no option except a caesarean [C-Section] operation.

"She gave birth to a baby boy under Dr TA Kamali's supervision. However, she soon died due to excessive bleeding after the birth, as the clinic did not have necessary instruments to treat her," he added.

To cover up the incident, the hospital authorities sent the body to Ritu's home in a rented private car, locals claimed. 

Second officer of Bheramara police station, Rifaj Uddin, said: "Agitated locals and Ritu's relatives took position in front of the clinic on Saturday morning.

"The protestors beat the clinic's owners- Ashraful and Shilpi Khatun- and handed them over to police," he said.

Rifaj said police will take legal action if anybody from Ritu's family files a case.

Dr TA Kamali, the supervising doctor, is on the run, he added.