Organisations condemn assault on doctor in Dimapur

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/4/2020 1:27:40 PM IST

Several organizations have strongly condemned the police action on Dr. Nosezol Sezo, senior medical officer community health centre (CHC) Medziphema. Dr.Sezo, presently a quarantine officer for COVID-19 Dimapur district, was allegedly assaulted by Special Task Force (STF) personnel at Purana Bazar on April 3 at around 11:30pm while he was returning home from duty.

NIDA: Nagaland In-Service Doctor Association (NIDA) has expressed strong resentment over the incident wherein Dr Sezo, an orthopedic surgeon, was brutally assaulted while returning home after a hectic duty for COVID-19 at civil hospital, Dimapur.

In a press release, NIDA president, Dr. Ritu Thurr, stated that the fraternity could resort to immediate statewide cease work as a mark of protest. However, NIDA said that considering the crucial period of COVID-19 threat facing the society, it was compelled to exercise utmost restraint as it takes the welfare of public health as its top priority. 

However, NIDA said the responsible authority was expected to execute immediate exemplary action deemed fit basing on which the association would decide upon its future course of action.

GPA: General Practitioners Association (GPA) Dimapur has strongly condemned the “unwarranted physical assault” on Dr. Sezo. 

In a condemnation, GPA president Dr. Z.Mozhui said that despite exemption of doctors during the lockdown, the police personnel allegedly in an inebriated state beat up Dr. Sezo. GPA has urged the state government and the police department to take prompt action and punish those responsible.

IMA branch: Indian Medical Association (IMA) Dimapur branch has vehemently condemned the “brutal act” by STF personnel on a doctor who was working tirelessly to provide his services at this juncture.  IMA Dimapur branch president Dr. DR Sharma said that the incident would not at all be good for the moral of the doctor and medical fraternity at large. It requested the government to bring to justice the perpetrators of “such unruly behaviour.”

NPF: Naga Peoples Front (NPF) press bureau has demanded that the competent authority must immediately intervene and take to task erring police personnel who failed to maintain politeness and close coordination with medical fraternity but tarnished the good image of the police department. NPF alleged that the incident shows that there was no coordination between various government machineries supposed to be monitoring the situation and demanded an explanation from the Home minister, Y Patton. NPF also expressed surprise over the PDA government spokesperson, minister Neiba Kronu appealing all the attendees of religious congregation at Nizamuddin at Delhi from Nagaland to voluntarily contact and report to the respective DC’s.  NPF stated it was also upset over the restriction purportedly imposed by police personnel on the movement of media persons on duty at Kohima who are exempted from restrictive order, and are actively playing the important role of highlighting the development of COVID-19 to the general public. 

NMDA: Nagaland Medical Dealers Association (NMDA) president, A Ato Yepthomi and general secretary, Basu Damani stated that the act was unbelievable that even a doctor can be assaulted in an inhuman manner by a group of uniformed personnel who are also performing their duty in the same line. NMDA stated that such harassments should be condemned by one and all and requested the authorities and the general public to acknowledge their services by showing respect to their profession.

IHRC: Indian Human Rights Commission (IHRC) Nagaland chapter in a condemnation has appealed the state government to take stern action against those police personnel. IHRC Nagaland chapter stated that the police should understand their nature of work and learn to deal with the frontline health workers and said that all involved personnel should be terminated immediately.

DNSU: Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) through its media cell pointed out that the higher police officials are accountable and tantamount to such erring police personnel for not briefing their police personnel on duty. It called the attention to the police officials to identify such erring police personnel and initiate appropriate actions. 

CAKU: Chakhro Angami Kuda Union (CAKU) appealed the superior authority as well as the government to identify those erring personnel and initiate a stringent and befitting punishment to the duty officer and his associates who were on duty at the area and be brought before the public domain without further delay. CAKU has also appealed the law enforcing agency to meticulously brief their men before they are deployed on the street to respect other establishment norms or protocols and local ethos besides their own.

CPO: Chakhroma Public Organization (CPO) stated that it was extremely unfortunate to witness this kind of situation at critical times like this when the entire medical fraternity are working so hard to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The organisation said that this act committed by police personnel is highly objectionable and appealed to concerned authorities to immediately book and punish the culprits as per the law.

DDCF: Dimapur District Citizens’ Forum (DDCF) maintained that this was not the time to show one’s power or might, rather this was the time to fight the pandemic in unison. DDCF has appealed to the concerned authority to take appropriate action against the erring personnel as per the law keeping note that no one was above the law and further stated that his loses also has to be compensated. 

IDANSB: Indian Dental Association, Nagaland State Branch (IDANSB) said that it was extremely unfortunate to witness this kind of situation at critical times like this when the entire medical fraternity were working so hard, risking their lives and lives of their loved ones in this fight against the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic. IDANSB has appealed to the competent authorities to immediately book and punish the culprits as per the law. 

CGOK: Chakhroma Gazetted Officers Krotho (CGOK) stated that at this crucial juncture, it was imperative that all frontline workers work together to fight a bigger and unseen enemy. CGOK prayed for Dr. Sezo’s speedy recovery and wished that safety prevail.

NOS: Nagaland Orthopaedic Society (NOS) stated that this act of the police personnel during this pandemic when health care workers especially doctors are working overtime to protect the citizens from the dreaded COVID-19 is uncalled for and said that it cannot remain a mute spectator. It has urged the appropriate authorities to take stringent action on the erring personnel at the earliest and wished that justice and good sense prevail. 

KYOD and KSUD: Kidima Youth Organization Dimapur (KYOD) and the Kidima student’s Union Dimapur (KSUD) condemned the inhumane act and high handedness by the police personnel terming it highly reprehensible and further  appealed to the authority to take stern action and immediately terminate such erring personnel. KYOD further demanded that financial compensation be made for medical expenses and damage of the vehicle by the concerned authority at the earliest. 

MTMK: Medziphema Town Mechü Krotho (MTMK) together with frontal organizations viz. Medziphema Town Women Organization, Medziphema Town Youth Organization, Medziphema Town Chamber of Commerce and Medziphema Town Students’ Union, have vehemently condemned the dastardly act of the Special Task Force personnel. While terming it as high degree of indiscipline which cannot be tolerated in any way, the organisations called for immediate action to book and punish those erring personnel without any exemption. 

NSF: Naga Students’ Federation appreciates the gesture of DGP Nagaland, T. John Longkumar, who publicly apologized for the incident and assured not only the medical fraternity but also the general public that strict action will be taken against those found guilty after an impartial enquiry. NSF appealed to all the essential service providers for more co-ordinated efforts between themselves so as to ensure that another April 3 incident is averted in the near future. 

TSUD: Tenyimi Students’ Union Dimapur demanded the concerned department for action against those erring police personnel immediately and deliver justice at the earliest. Union hopes the department delivers justice and let the citizens repose trust on the Police force and not to let some erring cadres tarnish their good service and image. TSUD further urged upon the government and the Police department to bear all the expenditures for the treatment of the victim, provide security and escorts to all those working round the clock for Covid-19 pandemic.

TYOD: Tenyimi Youth Organization  Dimapur (TYOD) stated that it can’t afford to take the medical fraternity for granted for their right at this crucial juncture when they are in the frontline to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. TYOD added it seriously viewed that any offence committed by police personnel under the cover of his uniform was a serious crime which is not less than other crimes committed by criminals. TYOD said it shall not tolerate any leniency shown towards such criminals by any authority or his superior to bail out such persons. TYOD demanded that the erring police officer manning the particular area be immediately suspended and discharged thereof as per the law. 

CSAUD: Chakhro Southern Angami Union Dimapur (CSAUD) stated that the unprovoked assault on doctors on duty revealed total indiscipline of the police as doctors are also under tremendous stress like the police with much higher risk. CSAUD immediately demanded the state government to initiate stern disciplinary action of termination of the erring personnel (STF) without fear. CSAUD warned that it will not tolerate until and unless its demands were fulfilled which is for the welfare of Nagas.


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