Assam Northeast

COVID doctor thrashed by irate mob after patient’s death in Hojai, Assam CM Sarma directs probe

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has on Monday directed the state police to investigate and arrest the culprits after an on duty medical officer was beaten up by locals inside a COVID Care Centre in central Assam’s Hojai district.

A case has already been registered and one person among the crowd that had beat up the medical officer and vandalised the hospital has been brought to the book, informed, Additional DGP GP Singh.

In a viral video, medical officer Seuj Kumar Senapati, who was on duty at the Udali Model Hospital during the afternoon shift was brutally beaten up by a group of people including women. The irate crowd also vandalised the Hospital, broke the windows and the furnitures and medical equipments inside.

“Such barbaric attacks on our frontline workers won’t be tolerated by our administration. @gpsinghassam @assampolice Ensure that the culprits brought to justice,” Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has tweeted this afternoon.

According to police sources at Hojai, the incident took place after a COVID-19 patient succumbed to the disease allegedly owing to lack of oxygen at Udali in Hojai’s Lanka subdivision.

The patient, Giyaz Uddin, a resident of Pipal Pukhuri village within the same health block was found infected with the disease as he later succumbed on Tuesday afternoon.

Senapati, interacting with media at Nagaon told, “I joined duty at around 1.30 pm and I was told that the patient’s condition had deteriorated at around 2. When I reached to his bed, he had already expired.”

Soon, an irate crowd gathered and started vandalising the hospital. Most medical officers managed to escape while Senapati had confined himself in an empty room inside the hospital.

“On seeing the mob, I locked myself in a room. But they barged in and beat me up,” Senapati added.

They have beaten him black and blue even before police reached the spot and with the help of few other locals managed to rescue him.

Senapati has been immediately shifted to another hospital in Nagaon district where he is undergoing treatment.

The incident has also garnered widespread criticism from various sections.

Dr JA Jayalal, president of the Indian Medical Association have condemned the incident while representatives from the Assam chapter of Assam Medical Services Association (AMSA) have visited the victim at Nagaon and sought strictest punishment for the culprits.

Police said, that they are going through the video to identify those involved in the incident apart from it’s on field investigation.

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