Abused and thrashed by cops, allege junior doctors in letter to Director of AIIMS-Bhopal
The Resident Doctor's Association has alleged that junior doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhopal, have landed on the receiving end of abusive behaviour and physical assault at the hands of policemen. A letter in this regard has been sent to the Director of AIIMS-Bhopal on Thursday.
In the letter, doctors Rituparna Jana and Yuvraj Singh claimed that they were going home on Wednesday night after completing their shifts when the incident took place. According to them, policemen patrolling near gate number 1 of the AIIMS facility in Bhopal stopped them and asked for their credentials. The doctors told the cops that they had completed their shifts and were heading home, even showing the policemen their identity cards.
However, doctors Jana and Singh alleged that the policemen instead started hurling abusive words at them and even thrashed them with a bamboo stick. This led to Dr Rituparna Jana incurring a leg injury and Dr Yuvraj Singh suffering a hand injury.
A similar incident was reported from Indore in Madhya Pradesh when a team of health department officials was attacked on April 1. At the time of the attack, the officials were screening locals for novel coronavirus symptoms in the Tatpatti Bakhal area.
Other instances of doctors being targeted by locals or their own neighbours owing to fears of the Covid-19 outbreak have come to light from different parts of the country but the case from Bhopal is a first where doctors have accused policemen of abusive behaviour and physical assault at a time when the Indian healthcare system is facing a most challenging phase