June 19, 2021, 2:43 pm
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24 arrested for assaulting doctor at COVID-19 Care Centre in Assam

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The incident happened on Tuesday at Udali in Hojai district after the death of an individual who tested positive.

The police in central Assam’s Hojai district have arrested 24 people for assaulting a doctor at a COVID-19 Care Centre (CCC).

A mob assaulted Seuj Kumar Senapati, the doctor, and other staff of the Udali CCC on Tuesday besides damaging the medical building . A video on the incident circulated via social media showed the mob kicking and hitting the doctor on his head with medical equipment with one person also fishing out a knife.

Two others, including a lady , were also injured within the attack.

The attackers had alleged negligence by the doctor and his medical team for the death of 1 Giyasuddin who was admitted to the CCC after testing COVID-19 positive.

“The relatives told me the patient was serious but once I examined his health condition, I found him to be already dead. Soon, they started vandalising the hospital furniture and attacking me,” Dr. Senapati said.

It was his first day of service.

“We are taking the physical assault incident on Dr. Senapati of Udali Hospital very seriously. He’s fighting the pandemic at the frontline, so any assault on him is like assaulting all the frontline workers,” State’s Director-General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said.

He added that the 24 arrested included a lady and therefore the main perpetrators of the attack before dawn on Wednesday.

“I am personally monitoring the investigation [into the assault] and that i promise that justice are going to be served,” Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.