Patna, (Bihar Times): In a tragic incident Dr Chandrakant Patil of organization 'Doctors For You' died when lightning struck him in Supaul district late on Sunday night. His body was brought to Patna on a special helicopter and than flown to Mumbai from where it will be taken to his native place in Maharashtra.
Dr Patil was among the 41 doctors from Mumbai, who arrived in Patna only on Wednesday morning. He was doing Post Graduation from King Edward Medical (KEM) College, Mumbai. The doctors came all the way to serve the flood-hit people of North Bihar. Dr Patil and the 40 other doctors were welcomed in Patna by the Bihar Rabita Committee, an NGO, which was extending cooperation to them. Before their departure for the flood-hit districts on Wednesday night the doctors took dinner at the International School in Patna.
From Patna the doctors went in two groups. One went to Supaul where film personality Prakash Jha is looking after a camp while the other groups of 17 doctors went to Araria. Dr Patil was in the Supaul camp. Every thing went on well, but fate had destined something else. At around 11:00 pm on Sunday lightning struck just where he was sitting on a cot.
Afzal Husain, the secretary of the Bihar Rabita Committee, told Bihar Times over phone from Araria, that since he was without chappal and his feet was touching the wet ground he got electrocuted. It was raining heavily then. Dr Patil started vomiting, felt unconscious and later died.
Dr Patil’s death came as a huge shock to the 'Doctors For You' and all those who were cooperating with them. Members of 'Doctors For You' volunteered to give time to the hapless victims of the North Bihar flood. However, now the disheartened and broken doctors have decided to return to Mumbai and are on way back. Tragically it was all over in five days.
The president of 'Doctor For You', Dr Ravi Kant Singh, is incidentally from Bihar. It is on the initiative of Dr Singh and Dr Shahnawaz, also of the King Edward Medical College (KEM), who is from Siwan, that all the 41 doctors volunteered to come to Bihar.
A large number of local doctors and govt. officers paid homage to Patil before his dead body was flown to Mumbai. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also expressed his deep condolence to the bereaved family .
Meanwhile, the Indian Medical Association has sought an inquiry into this sad incident.