All Tripura Government Doctors’ Association (ATGDA) and Indian Medical Association (IMA) Tripura issued a 24 hours ultimatum to arrest BJP’s Arjun Debnath (Mandal president of Sabroom in south Tripura) who has been accused of assaulting an on duty doctor and thrown shoes on him.
Addressing media here today the doctor bodies’ alleged as many as nine attacks on medicos have been reported in past one year in Tripura but there was no exemplary punishment awarded to the perpetrators. Despite there is an Act to prevent doctors from violence in hospitals and health institutions, there is no change in the situation and still doctors were the main target.
“Since there is no strong action against the attackers of doctors, a common psychology has developed in the society that patients in the hospital died only due to failure of the doctors; hence assault on the doctor is the immediate remedy. Neither government nor the society took strong stand against the notion. None of the offender is punished so far in the state,” alleged an ATGDA official.
Sources said that the Sabroom Mandal president Arjun Debnath went to Srinagar Primary health centre to meet the in-charge doctor Ayan Bhattacharjee on Monday. As he just entered into the official chamber another Dr Dipal Mitra, who was engaged in some important discussion with Dr Ayan Bhattacharjee asked the identity of Arjun Debnath and purpose of his entry.
Immediately, Arjun Debnath started hot altercation with both doctors and after couple of minutes, Debnath, losing his control, started beating Dr Dipak Mitra with his shoes and abused him with racial slurs.
Later, the victim doctor filed a complaint before the subdivisional (Sabroom) medical officer Dr Pritam Das. Dr. Pritam Das, speaking with media persons, said that after the incident was reported, he immediately rushed to the Srinagar primary centre and after discussion with the victim doctor, he suggested him to seek legal action against BJP leader and subdivisional medical administration will do their best for the justice to victim doctor.
On Monday evening, police personnel including the officer-in-charge (OC) of Sabroom police station and in-charge of Srinagar police outpost rushed to the primary health centre to meet the victim doctor. The police however is yet to register a FIR and take action against guilty Arjun Debnath.