A doctor working in a COVID-19 ward in northeast India was severely beaten by a mob hours after a patient died which resulted in the swift conviction of state officials and 24 arrests.
The Indian Express reported that Dr Seuj Kumar Senapati, who was fulfilling his government-ordered rural service duty, was confronted by crowds early Wednesday, hours after the patient’s death. He was clubbed and whipped with brooms. Part of the assault was filmed and went viral.
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An alleged Photo The doctor appeared online showing deep marks and crisscross purple bruises on his back.
The country has been ravaged by a second wave of COVID-19 infections that have put the country’s health system on the brink of collapse, although the infection rate appears to be slowing. Reuters reported that the country recorded 134,154 new infections as of Thursday, down more than 65% from its peak in early May. There have been 337,989 deaths since the start of the epidemic.
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The Express Report said the crowd would be made up of family members of the patient. All the suspects have been arrested.
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The Indian Medical Association’s Assam unit urged medics to avoid treating patients outside the facilities in protest and called for swift justice for the defendants.
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