Two more arrested for assault on doctor in Assam’s Hojai district

Guwahati, Jun 5 (PTI) Two more people, including a woman, were arrested on Saturday for allegedly involved in an attack on a doctor posted at a COVID care center in Assam’s Hojai district. Police said that 28 people have been arrested in this case so far.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma met the aggrieved doctor earlier in the day and inquired about his health. He later met the delegation from the Assam branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and discussed various issues related to the welfare of doctors, including the safety of doctors on duty.

Incidents of attacks on doctors engaged in the treatment of Kovid patients in Hailakandi and Hojai districts of Assam were in the headlines.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) took cognizance of the Hojai incident in June and sought an action taken report from the state government within four weeks.

Police launched a search operation and later arrested 24 people while two others were absconding after a video of a doctor being beaten up by a mob at a health center in Hojai was widely circulated on social media.

Police arrested Mukhtar Ali and Gurnehar Begum from Greater Udali area.

Apart from the doctor, a nurse was also injured in the attack though she somehow saved herself by hiding in the toilet. He was later admitted to the Naugaon Civil Hospital for treatment.

Special Director General of Police (Law and Order) GP Singh said that a total of 28 people have been arrested in the Hojai doctor attack case and efforts are on to file the charge sheet within the stipulated time.

Singh said that appropriate sections of the Epidemic Diseases Act amended in 2020 have also been invoked in the matter.

Two people have already been arrested on May 27 in the Hailakandi attack case.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister met the aggrieved doctor Seyuj Kumar Senapati at the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital and inquired about his health.

He also interacted with the family members of the doctor and assured them that he would be posted in any government health institution of his choice after joining duty.

On June 1, Dr. Senapati was attacked by a mob at the Udali Kovid Care Center in Hojai.

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