Dy CM Y Patton

Kohima: Nagaland deputy chief minister Y Patton, who is also the minister in charge of home department, assured that the state government will examine the alleged assault of a doctor in Dimapur on August 21 and initiate necessary action on those found guilty.

As per an official update from the media cell of the deputy CMO, Patton expressed concern over the recent incident involving a doctor and police personnel in Dimapur.

Patton appreciated the selfless services rendered by the frontline workers, especially during this time of the pandemic. The deputy CM asserted that the state government has taken strong exception of the incident and has immediately set up an independent Inquiry Committee headed by an Officer in the rank of commissioner and secretary with two senior Officers, to go into the details of the case and to submit its report within four days.

“The principle of natural justice and rule of law is prerequisite consideration before initiating action”, Patton said. On receiving the Committee’s report, he said that the state government will examine and initiate necessary action to anyone found guilty as per the laid down procedures and the law of the land.

The deputy CM assured of justice in the case and appealed all section of society to cooperate with the Government in our fight against the pandemic COVID-19.

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On Wednesday, many health care facilities across the state remained shut in response to the 24-hour shutdown of medical services in the state by the Nagaland In-Service Doctors Association (NIDA) to show resentment against the alleged “brutal assault” of a doctor by IRB personnel in Dimapur on August 21.

Following the incident, the home department constituted a three-member inquiry committee headed by commissioner and secretary, Neposo Theluo as chairman with secretary, law and justice Khanrinla Koza, and ADC Niuland Rosy Margaret Athrila as members on August 23, and has been asked to submit its report within seven days.

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A day after the committee was set up, the police personnel on duty filed an FIR against the doctor at the West Police Station in Dimapur alleged that at the time of the incident, the doctor became “aggressive towards the jawans” who were on duty. As per the FIR, the doctor allegedly “started physically charging” one police personal and grabbed him by the neck.

It alleged that “the ghastly behaviour of the violent doctor” provoked the jawan to retaliate. It also alleged that the same doctor “grabbed hold of the neck of the same jawan” for the second time.

Through the FIR, it sought necessary legal actions against the doctor who “physically assaulted a police personnel” on duty and for obstructing law enforcement personnel in the discharge of mandated law and order duties.

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