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Gujarat: Medical chief ‘beaten by cops’, dentist’s clinic ‘forcefully shut’

On Wednesday morning, the four cops were identified as police sub-inspector NB Solanki, assistant sub-inspector Kishan Rao, constable Hiren Harshad and constable Ashok Rudabhai. The four have been suspended.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad/surat | Updated: March 26, 2020 12:39:26 am
As per senior officials, 353 persons were detained and a total of 151 new cases were lodged for violation of the public lockdown order across Gujarat, even as 89 new cases of quarantine violation emerged till late Wednesday.

Even as the country is in the midst of a lockdown imposed in view of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of New Civil Hospital in Surat was allegedly beaten up by a police head constable and three traffic brigade officials on Wednesday, while the assistant of a Navsari-based dentist was beaten up and his clinic was forcefully shut on Tuesday, police said.

The first incident took place at Gujarat Gas Circle in Adajan area of Surat. Dr. Omkar Chaudhary told The Indian Express, “I identified myself with my (hospital) identity card and also showed the ’emergency duty’ sticker on my vehicle, but they did not allow me (to leave). When I told them to take me to the police station, they took me to the roadside and beat me. I spoke to higher authorities at the hospital and have requested them to take action against the policemen on duty.”

Surat Commissioner of Police, RB Brahmabhatt said, “We learned of the incident from our deputy commissioner rank officer and have the report. When the doctor showed his identity card, the cops had allowed him to leave. After a few metres, he parked his car on the main road and started misbehaving with the police. The police had first requested him to move ahead but he didn’t. Later, some municipal corporation staffers happened to pass by and controlled the situation. I have asked the doctor to contact me and we will set up an inquiry. Steps will be taken accordingly.”

The second incident took place at Dr. Ankit Desai’s dental clinic in Deep Mangal complex of Navsari. In the doctor’s absence on Tuesday evening, four policemen had entered the clinic and beat up the doctor’s assistant, Piyush Patel, with sticks and forcefully shut down the clinic, as per police. The four cops had allegedly asked the assistant why the clinic was open before taking him to Navsari (rural) police station.

Based on the CCTV footage that Dr Desai had submitted as proof, Patel was released on Tuesday night.

On Wednesday morning, the four cops were identified as police sub-inspector NB Solanki, assistant sub-inspector Kishan Rao, constable Hiren Harshad and constable Ashok Rudabhai. The four have been suspended.

Navsari district Superintendent of Police, Girish Pandya said, “After seeing the video, we found that it was our cops’ mistake and so, took the harsh decision (of suspension). We have set up an inquiry…no complaint had been registered yet.”

Lockdown violations

State Director General of Police Shivanand Jha on Wednesday said that the first day of the national lockdown in Gujarat was by and large peaceful.

As per senior officials, 353 persons were detained and a total of 151 new cases were lodged for violation of the public lockdown order across Gujarat, even as 89 new cases of quarantine violation emerged till late Wednesday.

“In the past 24 hours, there have 151 new cases of violation of public order and in total, 409 cases have been lodged in Gujarat. Similarly, 353 persons were detained for violating the lockdown in the past 24 hours, taking the total count of detained people in Gujarat to 897. A total of 89 persons were also booked for the violation of quarantine guidelines in the past 24 hours, taking the total count to 236. The first day of lockdown was by and large peaceful and we expect the same cooperation from the people in the coming times,” said Jha.

Over a 100 persons were booked in 35 new cases of violation of lockdown in Ahmedabad alone.

The DGP further said, “Through video conferencing, I had a meeting with senior officials where I told them that we usually see a gathering of people outside shops with essentials. I asked them to ensure social distancing outside these shops. Police will play a proactive role in ensuring that there is no shortage of essentials to people during the lockdown,” said Jha.

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