Doctor assaulted by cop in Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, SEP 3 | Publish Date: 9/3/2021 12:06:58 PM IST

A Manipur police commando personnel was suspended from his service on Friday, after he allegedly physically assaulted a doctor last (Thursday) night.

The alleged physical assault on the doctor took place at Luwangsangbam along NH-2, in front of the residence of Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh, around 8.15 pm on Friday.

Dr K Soreingam was returning from Catholic Medical Centre (CMC) hospital at Koirengei after picking his wife who is also a doctor after an emergency operation. 

Imphal East SP N Herojit placed the police commando personnel identified Collin Kshetrimayum under suspension on Friday, in a follow up action to a complaint lodged by the doctor. 

The police constable was put under suspension for his grave misconduct and dereliction of duty, the order of the SP stated.

Sources said that Collin was among the four personnel on duty while the incident occurred. They were picked up by Heingang police station of Imphal East after the doctor lodged his complaint.

In his complaint, Dr Soreingam who is an assistant professor at JNIMS hospital, Imphal stated that he was thrashed with AK rifle butt on his head besides slapping him even after he identified himself as doctor by showing them his identity card. 

Apart from assaulting him physically, the police commando also threatened to kill him by loading their service rifles, the doctor alleged.

The incident attracted strong condemnations from various organizations including doctors’ bodies.

They demanded befitting action against the erring police personnel. Expressing shock and strong condemnation, Teachers’ Association JNIMS demanded appropriate and exemplary action against the “erring and barbaric police personnel.

“What traumatizes most is that, even after showing his service ID card, he was hit with the service-rifle butt on his head and also an attempt on his life was made by loading the rifle. This was in addition to other verbal and physical assault meted out to him,” the association said in a release.

ATSUM condemns assault on doctor

All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM) has expressed shock at the assault on a doctor identified as K. Soreingam of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) by police commando personnel at Luwangsangbam near the chief minister’s residence on the night of September 2 when he returning home from work with his wife K Lumthing, after he had operatred a patient in CMC, Koirengei. 

In a statement on Friday, ATSUM said, “Even doctors on duty are not spared, just imagine what will happen to innocent civilians”. The apex tribal student body said that many such cases might not have been reported by civilians. 

Strongly condemning the “high handedness” of what it termed “terrorist security personnel” on duty, ATSUM demanded that culprits be strictly disciplined and be given appropriate punishment as per the law of the land.  

“We are neither in the Tatmadaw regime of Myanmar nor in the Taliban regime of Afghanistan. We respect the night curfew but curfew cannot stop people who are in medical emergencies”, the tribal student body added.

ATSUM also demanded the Home department to instruct all its officers to educate their security personnel how their “boys” should respect and behave with the civilians. “They should also make them understand that security personnel are for the safety and security of the civilians,” it added. 

ATSUM further added that the officers should also make their staff understand that their sleepless night duty on the road is for the safe passage and security of the civilians on the road with emergencies in the middle of the night and not to terrorise the civilians.

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