JORHAT, May 23 - Police arrested a driver (contractual) attached with the Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Narayan Konwar after intern doctors of Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH) resorted to cease-work for several hours after the driver reportedly assaulted an intern on duty at the JMCH on the early morning of Tuesday.
The interns numbering over 70, later resumed worked after police arrested Debashis Bora (driver) following the registration of a case (No:1193/2018) at the Jorhat Police Station after the intern Dr Artriya Gupta lodged an FIR at the JMCH outpost.
A police source said that Bora has been booked under Sections 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the IPC. JMCH outpost In-charge Pabitra Bora told this correspondent that investigation was on in the case and Bora was placed under arrest.
Gupta alleged that Bora assaulted him at around 6 am when Konwar had brought a relative (teenaged girl) who was suffering from an ailment in her nose for treatment.
The intern alleged that he was hit from behind as he was talking to attendant (Konwar) regarding registering the patient’s name by obtaining a ticket from the concerned counter as per procedure.
Following the incident, the interns resorted to staying from away from duty and staged a protest in the JMCH campus demanding arrest of the driver who allegedly hit Gupta.
Konwar told The Assam Tribune that as his niece was having severe bleeding from her nose early morning and needed medical treatment, he (Konwar) along with the driver without taking his PSOs with him, rushed to the JMCH.
The DC said that he did not disclose his identity and approached the doctor on duty as a common citizen, but alleged that the response of Dr Gupta was positive. Konwar admitted as he was asking the intern to attend his ailing niece at the earliest, Bora suddenly hit Gupta after seeing the delay in the response from the doctor.
“I immediately reprimanded Bora for his act and directed him to apologise for his misdemeanour and he did so. I thought the matter ended there and came back after getting my niece treated by a senior ENT doctor,” Konwar said.
The DC said that he could not understand how a settled matter got revived and led to lodging of an FIR. He said the CCTV footage of the incident will show what actually happened.
He regretted that the response of the intern to him was not what a doctor is expected to extend to a general patient as he did not identify his designation.
Later in the afternoon, the Deputy Commissioner held a meeting at the office chamber of JMCH principal Professor Debojit Hazarika, who along with a delegation of the interns was present.
Konwar said he agreed to their demand of letting Bora appear before the police for legal action. The DC said again a section students tried to stop his convoy from leaving the JMCH campus despite agreeing to their demand. However, the students later withdrew after authorities intervened.
The JMCH principal said the interns withdrew the stir after the driver was arrested. When asked about the alleged poor response of Gupta towards Konwar, Hazarika said he could not comment on it as he was not present.