Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that 24 people have been arrested for allegedly assaulting a doctor at a medical facility in Hojai district following the death of a COVID-19 patient .
The police said that it will submit a “strong chargesheet” in the case in a short period of time to punish the people involved in the alleged attack on Dr Seuj Kumar Senapati at the Udali Care Centre .
“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 wrote in his tweet .
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. https://t.co/CVgRaEW0di
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) June 2, 2021
Earlier, The Indian Medical Association wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah seeking an effective and strong law “against healthcare violence”.
In a letter to the home minister, IMA referred to an incident in Assam on Monday in which a mob thrashed a doctor after a Covid-19 patient died and said there was a “barbaric attack” on Dr Seuj Kumar.
“It was an extremely inhuman attack,” the IMA said. The doctor was working in the Covid care centre in Hojal district of the state.
The IMA urged the minister to consider its appeal on emergency basis and enact the strong and effective Act to safeguard the healthcare professionals of the country.
It said that healthcare violence is violent incidents directed against doctors, healthcare staff and healthcare establishments with or without reason.
It said that the incidents of healthcare violence have increased over the years and have become widespread and pose threat to the medical practice.
“There are many incidents of healthcare violence taking place across the country. Doctors and healthcare staff is finding it difficult to work under stress of violence. Healthcare violence has become an alarming phenomenon across the country. The real size of problem is largely unknown and recent information shows that the current knowledge is tip of iceberg,” the letter said.
“India needs a comprehensive, uniform and effective law against the healthcare violence. We request you to kindly approve an effective and strong act against the healthcare violence,” it added. IMA also sought “immediate strict action” against the culprits in the Assam incident.