More condemnations on assault of doctor

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/25/2020 12:25:17 PM IST

Various organisations have condemned the alleged assault on Dr. Atoka Wotsa, pathologist at the COVID laboratory Chümoukedima by some IRB personnel on the night of August 21. 

NMA: Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) in a condemnation appealed to the higher up police officers “to help counsel and sensitize police personnel who were on the streets enforcing the lockdown” and to exercise utmost restraint while handling such violence against medical professionals and frontline workers in the state. While it understood that both health care workers and police personnel suffer intense stress and anxiety by their critical roles in the battle against COVID-19, the NMA pointed out that assaulting health care professionals with physical violence “by the community they treat must be condemned and controlled and must not allow to happen in future.” NMA also appreciates the state government in setting up an inquiry committee on the incident and appeal to deliver justice as per the law of the land. 
GKD: Ghokimi Kuqhakulu Dimapur in a condemnation note by GKD chairman, Khuluvi Assumi and secretary, Mughavi Wotsa stated such brutality of uniformed personnel have become a “regular phenomenon” lamenting that the uniform personnel. While appreciating setting up an independent inquiry by the concerned authority, GKD said the authorities should investigate the matter without any bias and take stern exemplary action against the erring personnel. 
KMKD: Kilomi (Mudutsugho) Kuposhukulu Dimapur has strongly condemned the atrocious act of some IRB personnel on Dr. Atoka Wotsa. Condemning the assault, KMKD chairman, Hokishe Swu, vice chairman, Hewoto Kiho and general secretary, Pukhashe Chishi said the vehemence, with which such vile and ghastly episode was witnessed, degrades and belittles the trust of people on the agencies maintaining law and order. KMKD has appealed the concerned authority for stringent actions against those erring personnel and award exemplary punishment so as to deliver justice to the aggrieved person and family.
WSTH: Western Sümi Totimi Hoho (WSTH) through its media cell stated that, “it is now a high time for the high ranking police personnel to sensitize and discipline their jawan personnel to behave in a more civilized way instead of using brute forces which is not at all acceptable in our society.” While appreciating the timely intervention of the government, the Hoho also prays for befitting and prompt action at the earliest.
KKDA: Kichilimi Küqhakulu Dimapur Area (KKDA) in a condemnation note by president Pukhashe Chishi and general secretary, Benjamin A Swu expressed shock at the high handed attitude of the IRB jawans and questions if those erring personnel were aware of law and order of the state. Pointing out that attitudes of the uniformed personnel towards the frontline medical workers have worsened during this pandemic and needed retrospection by the higher authority, the KKDA also appealed concerned authority to look into the matter immediately and deliver justice to Dr Atoka S Wotsa. 
CTSU: Chümoukedima Town Students Union (CTSU) in a condemnation note by president, Kezhawelie Richa stated that doctors working selflessly deserve respect and honour rather than aggression and physical assault. CTSU also urged police personnel to understand the nature of work and learn to deal with the frontline warriors. It also expressed “belief that the instituted inquiry committee will work impartially” and punish the culprit and no such act to be repeated in future. 

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