Thiruvananthapuram: Nearly 20 persons allegedly owing allegiance to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) barged into the dressing room of the Medical College Hospital (MCH) casualty wing on Sunday night and attacked two patients who were being treated there.
The trespassers roughed up hospital staff, smashed medicine bottles, destroyed clinical equipment and assaulted hospital staff.
The incident occurred in front of policemen from the local police station who did little to prevent the violence.
Several patients and their relatives ran out of the hospital in panic.
Later, a strong police force arrived on the spot and arrested the attackers. The police said the arrested persons will be produced before the court on Monday on the charges of rioting, unlawful assembly, destruction of public property and trespass. Among those arrested were the RSS Vibhak Pracharak, Sudarshanan, and Nagar Karyavah, Udayan.
The violence occurred around 10.15 p.m. Nearly 50 RSS and Bharathiya Janata Party (BJP) activists from Ulloor and Pongumoodu area had gathered in front of the casualty from 8 p.m. onwards.
Six RSS supporters, including a woman hailing from a Dalit community at Kunnumpuram colony, had been admitted to the hospital at around 7.30 p.m. after they were assaulted by persons alleged to be Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI (M) activists.
The violence occurred inside the MCH when persons suspected to be responsible for the attack reported injured to the casualty wing. The RSS men asked the police to arrest the persons. When the police refused, they barged into the dressing room and beat the suspects.
A significant number of RSS workers from Muttathara area had arrived at the MCH after one of their supporters, Aji, was stabbed to death near a school at Ponnara.
The two attacks had enraged the BJP and RSS workers who were in a belligerent mood in front of the hospital.
Circle Inspector, Fort, T. K. Rajmohan, said there was no political motive behind Aji's murder. The youth was stabbed to death when he challenged a gang who had attacked his friend, Babu. Aji's friend, Kumar, who was injured in the incident, has been admitted to the MCH. The police said his condition was stable.