A nine-day-old boy died on Tuesday at a government hospital in Darbhanga district of Bihar allegedly after being bitten by rats. The district administration has ordered a probe.The infant was admitted to the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit of the Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital on Monday. “When we reached the hospital early in the morning, no nurse or doctor was around… we found that rats had bitten the baby’s hands and legs at several places… we immediately informed the authorities who told us that the baby was dead,” Phuran Chaupal, the father told local journalists in Darbhanga. His inconsolable wife Neelam Chaupal too blamed negligent hospital doctors and nurses for the death of her child.The hospital authorities said when the baby was admitted he was in a serious condition. “We admit that the hospital is infested with rats which we cannot control but there were no signs of rat bites on the baby’s body”, said a doctor posted at the hospital. However, the grieving parents later met senior district official Kashi Prasad Mahto and demanded action against the hospital authorities for their ‘negligence.’ Mr. Mahto ordered a probe into the incident.
Senior RJD leader Mohd Ali Ashraf Fatmi on Wednesday resigned from the primary membership of the party alleging that he was hurt by the rough and rude manner in which Tejashwi Yadav reacted to his desire to contest elections from Madhubani Lok Sabha seat. Mr. Fatmi made the move a day after he resigned from all posts he held in the RJD, including in its parliamentary board, and said he would wait till April 18 for the party’s decision on the seat from where the ‘Mahagathbandhan’s’ fledgling outfit Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) has fielded its candidate. “Tejashwi spoke to me on Tuesday and told me that I was being suspended from the party for a period of six years,” he said.