Doctors boycott OPD services as protest over assault on colleague in Assam

Doctors in Assam on Wednesday boycotted the Outpatient Department (OPD) services in protest in opposition to the brutal assault on a junior physician at a Covid-19 care centre in Hojai district on Tuesday.

The junior medical doctors accompanied by senior medical doctors and frontline well being staff staged protests by sporting black badges in the government-run hospitals of Guwahati, Hojai, Biswanath, Jorhat, Tezpur, Nagaon and lots of different locations in the state.

“It is very unfortunate that a junior doctor was attacked by some people when the doctors and health workers are giving their supreme sacrifice to save lives of people during this Covid-19 pandemic situation,” a member of the Assam Medical Service Association (AMSA).

“AMSA strongly condemns the incident. We demand the government to arrest each and every culprit and take stern action against them. We also demand the government to make appropriate measures for security of doctors and health workers across the state and install CCTV cameras in each government-run hospital,” the member added.

24 held in reference to the case

Police have to this point arrested 24 people for allegedly attacking the physician, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated on Wednesday.

Of the 24 arrested individuals, 22 had been recognized as Md. Kamaruddin, Md. Jainal Uddin, Rehanuddin, Saidul Alam, Rahim Uddin, Rajul Islam, Tayebur Rahman, Sahil Islam, Rahimuddin, Abdul Kalam, Nurzul Islam, Abdul Gumi, Dilwar Hussain, Abdul Hussain, Anuwar, Nasirrudin, Alimuddin, Jamil Ahmed, Sarifuddin, Safiquddin, Matibur Rahman, Misba Begum.

“Twenty-four 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 stated on Twitter.

The police stated that it’ll submit a “strong chargesheet” in the case in a brief time period to punish all these accountable.

Following the demise of a affected person named Giasuddin at Udali Model hospital in Hojai district, the kin of the deceased particular person had brutally attacked junior doctor Seuj Kumar Senapati and likewise vandalised the furnishings of the hospital on Tuesday.

Director General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta stated they’re taking the incident very severely as medical doctors are combating the pandemic on the forefront and the assault on Senapati is “like assaulting all the frontline workers”.

“And @assampolice would not let that happen… We WILL bring the perpetrators to justice… Let this be known, assaulting frontline worker will not be tolerated… A strong case is being made against them,” he stated in a sequence of tweets.

Special DGP (Law and Order) Gyanendra Pratap Singhsaid the principle accused individuals and conspirators, together with a girl seen in a video of the incident, have been arrested.

“We would submit a strong chargesheet in the shortest possible time and ensure the criminals are brought to justice,” he stated on the microblogging website.

A video of the incident had gone viral, in which the physician was brutally overwhelmed by a mob and kin of a Covid-19 affected person after the affected person died had at Odali Covid-19 care centre in the Hojai district.

(With inputs from PTI)

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