Wokha incident: Medical fraternity denies report of amicable settlement

DIMAPUR, APR 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/22/2020 12:54:32 PM IST

Indian Dental Association Nagaland State Branch (IDANSB), Indian Medical Association (IMA) Nagaland State Branch and Nagaland Ayush Doctors’ Association (NADA) have clarified that Dr Mongshithung Murry and his family did not sign any agreement with any organisation to amicably settle the issue of assault at any point of time.

Reacting to a claim made by IGP Limasunep that appeared in Nagaland Post (“Police force ordered to maintain restraint”) on Wednesday, the associations in a joint rejoinder observed that despite their demand for punitive actions against the erring police personnel, the State government seemed to be working in favour of the culprits and trying to hush up the matter. The health bodies said they were aware of the pressure exerted on Dr Mongshithung and his family members to sign the settlement letter from some corners, adding that they found no justification in the silence of the government on the issue.  “We are waiting for the response of the State government as assured by the home commissioner that he will respond in one or two days’ time,” the rejoinder stated.
The State units of IDA and IMA, along with NADA reiterated their warning that if the State government failed to take a prompt and befitting action against all the erring police personnel regardless of their rank, they would take the next course of action in a democratic manner for which the government would be held solely responsible. The associations also called on all dental surgeons, MBBS doctors and AYUSH doctors to be ready for any appropriate action plans to be followed.
Mentioning that acts of brutality by Nagaland Police personnel on doctors at Dimapur on April 3 and then at Wokha on April 17 were beyond tolerance in a civilised world, they warned that the medical fraternity could not and would not take the unfair treatment meted out to any of their members silently.
Meanwhile, the associations said that they had also come across a WhatsApp circulated press release, purportedly by DC Wokha, mentioning about a compromise. 
“We state that the above clarification covers the purported press release of the Wokha DC as well,” they added.
As per the clarification, deputy commissioner Wokha Orenthung Lotha had stated that the issue regarding the April 13 incident involving an employee of Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority and police personnel on duty has been amicably settled between the police team led by SP Wokha, SDPO Wokha, and Lotha Eloe Hoho in the presence of the DC and ADC Wokha.
It also stated that the matter would not be pursued further by any of the parties concerned. 
Therefore, DC appealed to all not to revive the issue, circulate the video clip or make comments pertaining to this incident which had been amicably settled.

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