Medical director on morning walk attacked
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Rajkumar Patil, joint director of medical services at Bombay Hospital, was attacked Wednesday morning while he was taking a morning walk with wife Sunanda near Liberty Cinema in Marine Lines.
Patil (54), who lives on the hospital premises, was hit by an unidentified man with a bat on his thigh.
"I was taking my daily morning walk when I felt someone approach from behind to hit me with a bat. I ducked and he missed my head. I tried to push him, but the man hit me on the thigh and ran towards another man waiting closeby on a bike. They then sped away. Both men were masked," he said.
Eyewitnesses said the two men were riding around the spot for almost an hour before Patil arrived there.
Sunanda Patil was traumatised by the episode. "Imagine being attacked like this, especially in broad daylight. We didn't have valuables, so the only motive, it seems, was to hurt my husband physically," she said.
Patil, who was admitted to Bombay Hospital following the attack, has lodged a complaint with Azad Maidan Police.
"We have registered a complaint of assault under IPC section 324. Patil does not suspect anyone," said senior police inspector Deepak Dhole.
Sagar Sakhale, special officer on duty at Bombay Hospital, said: "Police have assured us they will look at CCTV footage and keep us in the loop. Dr Patil is stable, though he has suffered hematoma in his thigh. He should be discharged within a few days."
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