Condemnations on assault of medical officer

DIMAPUR, APR 4 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/4/2020 1:25:18 PM IST

Various organisations have strongly condemned the assault on Dr.Nosezol (Sezo) Senior Medical Officer Medziphema and COVID-19 Quarantine Officer by personnel of the Special Task Force (STF) at 11.30 p.m. on April 3, while he was returning home after work on COVID-19 preparedness.

Angami Public Organisation (APO) through its general secretary Neisakholie Ziephru, while expressing shock at the assault, demanded that the district administration probe the matter so as to identify and book those involved. APO reminded the police chain of command should ensure that proper protocol is observed while on duty and that they were not above the law even if they enforce the law for the welfare of society.APO also said   those involved should be booked so as to act as a deterrent.
IMA Nagaland: Indian Medical Association (IMA) Nagaland Chapter has expressed outrage over the assault on Dr. Sezo by police personnel and demanded immediate suspension of the perpetrators for “this unconscionable act.”
In a press release, IMA Nagaland president Dr. Kezevituo Keditsu said that when the medical fraternity was risking their own lives to ensure the safety of the general public, assaulting a defenseless doctor while he was on duty for the flimsy reason of not wearing a mask was unjustifiable.
Stating that public depended on police forces to ensure law and order, IMA Nagaland said medical personnel in particular needed protection and security to carry out their duties. 
IMA Nagaland stated that the perpetrators, with this heinous act, have demonstrated that they did not realise how indispensable a doctor was at a time like this. “Even worse, they have ensured that there will be one less doctor to fight in the frontlines,” IMA Nagaland said.
To ensure that no more medical personnel or civilians face the mindless brutality of those policemen, the IMA has called for their immediate suspension. 
Without the COVID-19 threat, IMA said the medical fraternity would have immediately ceased all services and gone on indefinite strike in protest. However, it said that these were extraordinary times that was why the IMA was looking to police authorities to bring swift justice to Dr. Sezo’s attackers. Failure to take action, IMA cautioned that it would have no other recourse but to go on indefinite strike.
CHC Medziphema: Chairman, Health Centre Management Committee (HCMC) under CHC Medziphema has expressed shock at the brutal assault on Dr. N. Sezo Sr.M.O. CHC Mediziphema who is also Quarantine Officer for COVID-19 Dimapur district. Chairman of HCMC, CHC Medziphema stated that Dr. Nosezol was returning home to Dimapur from duty when he was “suddenly accosted” by police near his residence at Purana Bazar. 
The chairman HCMC alleged that even after disclosing his identity, Dr.Nosezol was “assaulted and thrashed” besides damage to his car. 
Further, it questioned the personnel about “their despicable action” during a crisis when frontline workers were the need of the hour.   HCMC reminded on what the abbreviation ‘POLICE’ meant adding such act has instead brought “shame on the whole police force today.”
According to HCMC, Dr.Nosezol was permitted to reside in Dimapur so as to dedicate more time to combat COVID-19 even though his service at Medziphema was indispensible. HCMC has demanded that the police authority take up the matter without leniency and deliver appropriate action against those involved.
CAKU: Chakhro Angami Kuda Union(CAKU) has also expressed outrage at the highhandedness on the part of the STF personnel  who assaulted Dr.Nosezol Sezo, a sincere and law abiding member of CAKU.
CAKU president Zelhou Zeikhrü and general secretary Thejangulie Angami said DR Nosezol is at the frontline as quarantine members of Dimapur district along with two other colleagues designated by the state government to fight the COVID-19 virus. They said the act committed by the STF was a “felony in itself” that was condemnable in the highest of terms.
CAKU said Dr.Sezo on April 3 was on duty since 6 a.m. to attend to the visit at District Hospital Dimapur where chief minister Neiphiu Ri and home minister and high officials visited to inspect the preparedness of the district on COVID-19. CAKU said Dr Sezo with other team members, was busy the whole day till late night before returning home after 11 p.m. CAKU claimed that STF jawans on duty who accosted Dr.Sezo at Purana Bazar started charging him for not wearing a face mask despite having disclosed his identity. Thereupon, said CAKU police STF personnel assaulted him and even vandalised his car.
Condemning the incident, CAKU demanded strict action against the guilty personnel including the duty officer on duty and to sensitise superior authorities of law enforcement to follow established norms and protocols while carrying out duties.
IMA: Indian Medical Association (IMA) Dimapur branch, through its president Dr.D.R.Sharma has vehemently condemned the “brutal act” of the Special Task Force jawans meted out to Dr Nosezol Sezo, one of the senior members of the IMA and also a renowned orthopaedic surgeon. IMA said Dr.Nosezol was on his way home on April 3 night when he was stopped by the STF jawans and subjected to physical and mental assault besides inflicting damage to his car. IMA said such incident demoralised the doctor and the entire medical fraternity and demanded that those involved be brought to justice. 

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