A tea garden worker’s family and others supposedly beat a 73-year-old doctor to death in Assam’s Jorhat district after the worker died at a hospital in Teok Tea Garden.
Police have assigned an official inquiry in the matter. The investigation will be conducted, and a report submitted in 7 days by Assistant Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Subhan Gowalla.
Roshni Aparanji Korati, Indian Administrative Service (IAS) quoted, “The incident happened on Saturday when a group of people attacked Dr. Deben Dutta, after the death of Somra Manjhi who was undergoing treatment at the garden hospital.”
After Manjhi’s death, the hospital was encircled by a mob of 250 to 300 people, who started damaging the hospital and attacked the doctor.
Dutta was the senior-most doctor in Jorhat and had retired long ago. He was serving on an addition at the tea estate.
The Jorhat SP NV Chandrakant said, “They hit him and even cut him with glass shards. He suffered head and leg injuries. The police arrived and rescued him. We shifted him to Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH), but he died on the way. We have detained 21 persons so far”.
He fell in the bathroom and then got injured and presumably suffered a stroke. Manjhi was brought to the hospital, the doctor came after 30 minutes, but meanwhile, he died.
Doctors will takeout a candlelight procession to moan Dutta’s death, at 7 pm on September 3.
Communicating to Assam DGP Kuladhar Saikia over the incident, the Assam Medical Service Association (AMSA) stated that all the culprits should be arrested immediately. Scores of doctors at the JMCH have already staged protests.
Kolkata-based Amalgamated Plantations Private Limited owns the Teok tea estate. In a ‘lock-out’ notice, the company said that there was chaos in the garden and all its executives feared for their safety. Until the atmosphere gets back healthy, the lock-out shall continue.
“The murderous crowd did not allow any medical attention to be given to the grievously injured Senior Medical Officer, and they also prevented the ambulance from reaching him for about an hour. The injured was ultimately rescued by the Magistrate and police at around 5.30 pm and immediately administered first aid. They were then shifted to JMCH for treatment,” said the company.
In another incident, Paribaha Mukhopadhyay, an intern doctor of Nil Ratan Sircar (NRS) Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata, was cruelly beaten up for alleged medical carelessness.
The incident pointed to a nationwide doctors’ protest that lasted for many days.
The doctor fraternity has been gathered to end brutality and harassment for years now.