Panaji: Raising serious doubts over mysterious death of its firebrand leader and two time MLA Jitendra Deshprabhu, Congress in Goa on Friday demanded impartial enquiry into his mysterious death by a retired High Court Judge.
In a statement, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) President Girish Chodankar alleged that Deshprabhu lost his precious life due to sheer negligence of Goa Medical College (GMC) authorities.
“There are shocking reports of “Mission Cover-up Covid19″ by the Chief Minister and Health Minister which has now compelled us to demand impartial inquiry in the interest of the health of people of Goa. We express complete sympathy with Deshprabhu family and our demand should not be taken in political angle. Our departed leader always fought for the truth and we want truth to prevail at all times,” he said.
According to Mr Chodankar, certifying Deshprabhu negative for COVID 19 was also a matter of suspicion as every authority from the Chief Minister to the Health Minister to the Dean of GMC had given contradictory versions of his COVID test.
Listing out series of negligent acts by GMC authorities from the time he was admitted in GMC till he was declared dead, Mr Chodankar said,” As per the information gathered, two key on-duty doctors were missing when they were needed to attend Deshprabhu.”
He also claimed that Health Minister Vishwajit Rane as well as GMC Dean Dr Shivanand Bandekar were fully aware of the fact, but were trying to protect these senior doctors.
Mr Chodankar pointed out at the contradictory statements made by various responsible authorities over Deshprabhu’s COVID test.
“He was brought to the GMC hospital at around 2:45pm and was declared dead around 6pm within three hours. Soon after his death, the Dean said the rapid test conducted tested negative for COVID. The next day Health Minister tweeted that the rapid test kits were never opened and only laboratory tests were conducted in Deshprabhu’s case. And then the Chief Minister said while rapid test results require two hours, the laboratory test requires minimum six hours,” Mr Chodankar said.
“If there was no rapid test conducted on Deshprabhu but only the laboratory tests, which requires minimum six hours, how was then Deshprabhu declared COVID negative when he was declared dead within three hours?,” he asked.
The GPCC President demanded clarifications whether proper protocol of tests were followed specially with those who passed away with Covid symptoms in Covid isolation wards at GMC.