Organisations condemn assault on doctor in Dimapur

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/24/2020 9:37:08 AM IST

Political parties, students’ unions and various organisations have condemned the alleged assault on Dr. Atoka  Wotsa, pathologist at the COVID lab Chümoukedima by some IRB personnel on the night of August 21. 

NPF:  Naga People’s Front (NPF) central in a condemnation through its press bureau stated that, even though, the inquiry committee has been set up to probe the case, the NPF “demands a clear written explanation from the home minister, Y Patton as to why the police personnel have become a threat of the society and assurance to book the guilty immediately.”

Pointing out that lackadaisical attitude of the PDA government clearly shows that there was no proper coordination between various government departments and machineries, the NPF stated that, the government of the day should “take full responsible for such brutally high-handedness incident” and the government should also assure the safety of the people. Expressing disbelief that the police personnel during this time of pandemic do not spare even the front line workers particularly the medical doctors on duty, the NPF questioned as to how the security of the public can be guaranteed under such circumstances.

CNTC: Central Nagaland Tribes Council (CNTC) in a condemnation through its media cell stated that police personnel have to undergo lots of pressure and demands in their line of duty and encounter every type of personalities and characters. However, CNTC stated that, it was also a part of their duty to restrain, respect and have regard for human rights “instead of going berserk and start assaulting people wildly without any compunction.” CNTC expressed its appreciation on the prompt action of the government in setting up an inquiry commission on the incident and hopes that befitting punishment be given to those found guilty so that it will set an exemplary action.  

DSC: Dimapur Sumi Council (DSC) in a condemnation by DSC chairman Kuhoi Zhimomi and general secretary, Tokuka H. Awomi demanded for a thorough investigation and exemplary action taken as per law against the culprit/s. Instead of showing gratitude towards the overburdened doctors, nurses and other frontline workers, the DSC stated that they are “meted with disrespect and inhumane way causing them not mental stress but also inflicting physical torture.” DSC further appreciates the state government in setting up an inquiry committee on the unfortunate incident and expects a fair judgement.

KVC: Kitami Village Council (KVC) in a condemnation by chairman Kishepu Tsuqu and secretary, Kughakhu Tsuqu stated that such inhuman acts on the innocent doctor is purely barbarian and was intolerable. KVC further appealed and demanded the government to take stern action against the erring personnel and give immediate justice to the victim. 

SAH: Sümi Aphuyemi Hoho (SAH) in a condemnation by president Inavi Swu and general secretary Ghuzui Shohe stated that any citizen of the land was expected to be safe at the hand of the police personnel but instead of protecting and guiding the citizens at the death of the night, harassing the public was unfortunate and unacceptable. Hoho also appreciated the formation of the enquiry committee by the state government and requested the government to deliver justice as per the established laws at the earliest. 

NIDA: Nagaland in-service Doctors Association (NIDA) in a condemnation by president Dr Ritu Thurr and secretary Dr Ahu Sekhose stated that the tolerance level of the association has reached its tipping point due to repeat of such abhorrent incidences in the recent COVID-19 times. NIDA further stated that exemplary action is immediately initiated by concerned authority as demanded by the NIDA unit, Dimapur.  NIDA further stated that association will be compelled to resort to undesirable repercussive measures which will totally jeopardize the entire health services throughout the state.

NIDA NHAK unit: Nagaland In-service Doctor’s Association (NIDA) Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) unit in a condemnation by NIDA representative NHAK unit, Dr. Angto Phom extended support to the charter of demands placed before the authority concerned by the NIDA Dimapur unit which was further endorsed by NIDA president. 

NIDA NHAK unit further stated that it stands resolutely with any decision taken by NIDA executive body regarding future course of action on this matter till justice is delivered. 

KTCN: Kachari Tribal Council Nagaland (KTCN) in a condemnation by president Ramesh Hasnu and general secretary, Lakhi Mech requested the concerned authorities to go for transparent investigation of the case at the earliest without any bias to deliver justice to the victim and to prevent such incidences in the future. While the need of the hour was for the frontline workers to work hand in hand, the KTCN appealed one and all to coordinate and cooperate and thank the frontline workers for their selfless efforts in this fight against the pandemic. 

NSF: Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) in a condemnation by president Ninoto Awomi and general secretary, Liremo R. Kikon has appealed to all the frontline workers for more co-ordinated efforts amongst the circle to ensure that such untoward incidents are averted in the near future. While acknowledging the yeomen service being rendered by the state police force, the NSF however stated that it was “one of incidents such as this that takes away the shine from their selfless sacrifices.” Federation also extended sincere appreciation towards the medical fraternity, in their sincere attempt to keep the people of the state safe from the deadly COVID-19. 

PSU: Puneboqa Student‘s Union (PSU) in a condemnation by president P. Viyiho Tsuqu stated that, each and every member of the law enforcing department has to know that they have responsibilities of not only maintaining law and order, but also of building trust of the fellow citizens of the state. PSU has urged the state government to take strict action against the erring personnel.

ASTD: Ao Senso Telongjem Dimapur (ASTD) in a condemnation by president L.Wati Jamir and general secretary, K. Mar Lemtur expressed that it was most unfortunate to witness such incidents between the police personnel and medical fraternity especially during this hour of pandemic, when there was shortage of manpower and frontline worker in Dimapur district in general. ASTD appealed the concerned to initiate unbiased investigation against the erring personnel as per law and further urged all frontline workers to set aside this difference and work hand and hand in the fight against COVID-19. ASTD also urged the concern authority/government of the day to depute more manpower into the medical department to combat the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.


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