Tripura doctor harassment: HC orders test identification parade
Agartala: The High Court of Tripura on Thursday ordered the police to conduct test identification (TI) parade to identify the accused persons involved in harassing and spitting on a doctor.
West Tripura district health officer Dr Sangita Chakraborty was prevented while admitting new patients at Shaheed Bhagat Singh COVID Care Centre (CCC) in Agartala on Friday last week.
The single bench judge of Justice Arindam Lodh was hearing an anticipatory bail petition filed by one of the accused — Karnajit De, who also happens to be an additional government advocate in the High Court of Tripura.
Speaking with EastMojo, the counsel appearing on behalf of De said that the court has ordered the production of a case diary on the next date of hearing -- August 5.
“The court after hearing the petition for anticipatory bail filed by Mr Karnajit, directed the police to conduct TI parade to identify the accused persons involved in the act of harassing an on duty doctor," the counsel said.
The New Capital Complex police had registered an FIR for harassing and spitting upon Dr Sangita Chakraborty and her medical team on July 27 under Section 323/ 353/ 506/ 34 of IPC and under section 3 (2) (I) of Epidemic Diseases Amendment Act 2020 read with section 3 of Tripura Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institution (Prevention of Violence and Damage Property Act) 2013.
The FIR was lodged by Dr Dibyendu Bikash, official from the directorate of health services.
Earlier, law minister Ratan Lal Nath said that three persons have been identified by the police in connection with the incident and legal action would be initiated against them for harassing an on-duty health worker.
The court has also ordered the police to record the statement of Dr Chakraborty under section 164 of CrPc.
A group of patients had prevented Dr Chakraborty and her medical team from admitting the newborn babies and their mothers in the CCC who were shifted from Tripura Medical College (TMC).