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Assam doctor assaulted by kin of deceased Covid patient; 24 held

Meanwhile, the Indian Medical Association’s Assam unit Wednesday called on all doctors in the state to abstain from outdoor patient services as a token protest.

Written by Abhishek Saha | Guwahati |
Updated: June 3, 2021 3:08:57 am
Dr Seuj Kumar Senapati was kicked and hit with brooms and utensils by the mob. (PTI)

A doctor on Covid-19 duty in Assam was assaulted by a mob comprising the relatives and friends of a patient who died at a health facility on Tuesday afternoon. The police arrested 24 people allegedly involved in the incident early on Wednesday.

Dr Seuj Kumar Senapati was kicked and thrashed with brooms and utensils by the mob at the Udali Covid care centre in Hojai district. The incident came to light after a video of the assault was shared widely on social media.

Dr Senapati was carrying out the government-mandated rural service duty after completing his post-MBBS internship. He had been recently posted at the Udali facility.

Hojai district SP Barun Purakayastha told The Indian Express: “The patient died at the hospital. The mob consisted of relatives and friends of the deceased. Some of them had come with the patient from their village while some came later on hearing that the patient had died. All perpetrators have been arrested.”

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma put out names of the 24 arrested people — all of whom belonged to a minority community — on Twitter.

“24 culprits involved in this barbaric attack have been arrested and the chargesheet will be filed at the earliest. I am personally monitoring this investigation and I promise that justice will be served,” Sarma tweeted.

Assam’s Special DGP (Law and Order), GP Singh, tweeted: ‘We would submit a strong charge sheet in shortest possible time and ensure the criminals are brought to justice.”

Meanwhile, the Indian Medical Association’s Assam unit Wednesday called on all doctors in the state to abstain from outdoor patient services as a token protest. The group has demanded a swift trial of the accused. It has also sought the deployment of armed security personnel in all health care facilities of the state.

“We are happy with the immediate steps that the government of Assam has taken. We will be closely monitoring the situation and pressing for justice in the matter,” Dr Satyajit Borah, president of the Assam unit of the IMA, told The Indian Express.

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