Mob blocks NH-102 after student dies in hospital

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 29: | Publish Date: 7/30/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

Traffic along Imphal-Moreh section of NH-102 was Sunday disturbed for three hours after a mob of students and civilians in Thoubal district blocked the highway.

The group blocked the highway after a class IV student Khundrakpam Zeplin a.k.a Mathoi of Khangabok of Thoubal district died in a hospital on Saturday evening, due to alleged doctors’ negligence

Movement of all kinds of vehicles along the highway was blocked from 10 am till 1 pm before the local MLA intervened. 

The agitators called off the road blockade after the local MLA assured them that he would take up the matter with the responsible authority.

Even after the road blockade was lifted, people continued their sit-in-protest on the side of the road till evening.

Earlier, the group also vandalized the government hospital. They claimed that the student, who was rushed to Thoubal district hospital following a complaint of pain, was not treated well by the doctors.

“When we rushed him to the hospital, the doctors on duty were found enjoying drink and did not attended the patient properly and prompted the death,” a relative of the deceased boy said.

After the news of death of the boy spread, residents of Khangabok stormed the hospital and ransacked the property of the hospital. 

Timely intervention by police saved the hospital property from large scale damages, reports said.

At a public meeting held today at the locality, a joint action committee (JAC) has been formed to press the responsible authorities of the state government to take up befitting action against the doctors who failed to discharge their duties.


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