GUWAHATI- ( By Pradip Kumar )- COVID-19 pandemic has killed uncountable but also killed sense of humanity of few and a bright example has come from Assam.
How could a physician be attacked while he was treating a patient at the cost of his life is intriguing……?
Dr Seuj Kumar Senapati on COVID-19 duty in Assam was assaulted by a mob comprising relatives and friends of a patient who died at Udali Covid Care Centre in Hojai due to COVID-19 on Tuesday afternoon.
They kicked and thrashed with brooms and utensils.
Dr Senapati was kicked and thrashed with brooms and utensils. The incident came to light on Wednesday 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 to Udali.
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According to Hojai district SP Barun Purakayastha: “ 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.”
“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,” Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa 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 Assam Govt has taken. We will be closely monitoring the situation and pressing for justice in the matter,” IMA’s Assam unit president Dr Satyajit Borah said.