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Dr Deben Dutta (73) was reportedly beaten to death by garden workers in Assam’s Jorhat district on Saturday
Dr Deben Dutta (73) was reportedly beaten to death by garden workers in Assam’s Jorhat district on Saturday|File image
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Paranoia in Assam tea estates after doctor’s killing, 2 ‘resign’

One of the two medical officers, who was working at Hunwal Tea Estate in Golaghat district, put in his papers citing security issues following Saturday’s mob-lynching incident in Jorhat

Rishu Kalantri

Tinsukia: Two senior doctors working at two separate tea estates of Assam have tendered their resignation, reportedly over security reasons, after the brutal killing of veteran doctor Deben Dutta by a mob in Jorhat district on Saturday.

In the first instance, Dr Ripun Karmakar, a senior medical officer working at Hunwal Tea Estate in Assam's Golaghat district, put in his papers on Sunday, a day after the fateful incident.

Confirming the development, Karmakar told EastMojo that he has submitted his resignation but the same is yet to be accepted by the management of the tea estate. "Perhaps, security is one of the reasons for my resignation," he said.

EastMojo has come across another post on social media mentioning the resignation of Dr Ravi Baruah from a tea estate in Assam's Dibrugarh district. EastMojo is, however, yet to individually verify this particular report.

Dutta, 73, a senior resident doctor, was beaten to death by garden workers after one of their co-workers died at the hospital. The doctor died while on the way to Jorhat Medical College.

Dr Dutta had retired a long time ago but was serving on extension at the tea estate and is considered to be one of the senior-most doctors in Jorhat.

As a mark of protest, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) Assam state branch announced a 24-hour strike in the state on Tuesday.

Angry doctors, under the banner of Jorhat Doctors’ Association (JDA), took out a candlelight march inside Jorhat Medical College on Saturday evening demanding justice and security for doctors.

Angry doctors taking out a candlelight March in Jorhat demanding justice against Dr Deben Dutta’s killing on Saturday evening
Angry doctors taking out a candlelight March in Jorhat demanding justice against Dr Deben Dutta’s killing on Saturday evening
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Talking to EastMojo, secretary of IMA Jorhat branch Dr Sahd Ullah said: "According to information gathered by us, around 3.00 pm, when the doctor had gone for lunch, a patient was brought. The doctor immediately attended the patient, after he received a call, and declared the patient brought dead."

"The attendants with the patient and other workers got angry and they started physically abusing him. They used local made weapons in the assault," Ullah said, adding: "The brutual assault resulted in severe blood loss following which doctor Dutta collapsed."

"He was the only doctor stationed in the hospital," he added.