Doctor beaten to death in Assam: IMA demands Central law on violence against medicos, threatens country-wide strike

The IMA also demanded that the culprits should not be released on bail as in other cases and must be given the 'severest punishment' for assaulting the doctor at a tea plantation in Assam's Jorhat district

Press Trust of India September 04, 2019 22:49:58 IST
Doctor beaten to death in Assam: IMA demands Central law on violence against medicos, threatens country-wide strike
  • The Indian Medical Association on Wednesday condemned the brutal assault on Assam tea garden doctor Deben Dutta that led to his death

  • The doctors' body threatened a country-wide indefinite ceasework if the Centre failed to enact a law to check violence against medical practitioners immediately

  • It also demanded that Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal come out with a statement on the incident within 24 hours

Teok: IMA, the national organisation of medicos on Wednesday condemned the brutal assault on Assam tea garden doctor Deben Dutta that led to his death and threatened a country-wide indefinite ceasework if the Centre failed to enact a law to check violence against medical practitioners immediately.

It also demanded that Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal come out with a statement on the incident that took place on Saturday last week within 24 hours or doctors will launch an indefinite ceasework in the state, Indian Medical Association president Sanatanu Sen said.

Doctor beaten to death in Assam IMA demands Central law on violence against medicos threatens countrywide strike

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Sen, who is also Trinamool Congress (TMC) Rajya Sabha MP, along with some members of the IMA visited the family of Dr Dutta, a septuagenarian retired medico who was fatally assualted by relatives of a tea garden worker in Teok on Saturday and died in a hopital.

The doctor used to provide free treatment to the tea workers.

"We(IMA) have written letters to the prime minister, the union home minister, the union health minister and Assam chief minister demanding an immediate central act to end this violence on medical practitioners," Sen told waiting newsmen.

"I had raised the demand for a central act in Parliament too. If the government does not take any positive step then doctors of the entire country will go for an indefinite cease work. The government of India will have to remain prepared for the consequences", he said.

Stating that no statement on the gruesome incident was made by the Assam government, the chief minister or the health minister though five days had passed since it took place, Sen said the IMA demands that Sonowal must come out with a statement within 24 hours.

In case the chief minister does not do so, doctors in the state will launch an indefinite ceasework, including in the emergency services.

"Doctors continue to be attacked ... Enough is enough. We have reached the end point and we cannot let this go. If a central act is not brought and the chief minister's statement does not come within 24 hours then the government and entire country has to remain prepared for the consequences", he asserted.

The IMA also demanded that the culprits should not be released on bail as in other cases and must be given the "severest punishment", he said.

The case should be taken away immediately from the additional deputy commissioner Shubam Gowala, who has been entrusted with the magisterial inquiry into the killing as the doctor's family apprehended that he may manipulate it, Sen said.

Jorhat deputy commissioner had ordered the magisterial probe into the murderous assault on the doctor by irate garden workers following the death of a person in the estate hospital.

The report was sought within seven days.

Sen said the labourers for whom the septuagenarian doctor gave his entire life had killed him. "Now doctors will not want to go to the tea estates. If doctors are not protected what service will they give?" he asked.

"If no doctor serves in the tea garden areas, then the government has to think what has to be done for the tea garden labourers. Politicians think tea garden labourers are their vote banks," he said.

He claimed that the 24-hour strike by doctors in Assam was "very successful".

Emergency services, however, were kept out of the purview of Tuesday's stir.

Doctors in Assam have been demanding for safety of doctors and proper implementation of the Assam Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Protection of Violence and Damage to Property) Act in the state.

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