On Thursday, April 9, the Resident Doctors’ Association at All India Institute of Medical Sciences Bhopal (AIIMS Bhopal) has written a letter to the Director of the institute in connection with "abusive behaviour and physical assault by policemen on resident on-duty doctors".
This comes a day after two PG residents from the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology were allegedly assaulted by police officials when they were on their way back home from the hospital duty.
The Resident Doctors’ Association at AIIMS Bhopal has written a letter to the Director of the institute regarding "abusive behaviour and physical assault by policemen on resident on-duty doctors".#MadhyaPradesh pic.twitter.com/sTtKLjIWHf— ANI (@ANI) April 9, 2020
In the letter, doctors' association says Dr Rituparna Jana and Dr Yuvraj Singh were returning to their home at around 7 pm when "few policemen tried to hit them with bamboo sticks and stopped their two-wheeler".
Association says policemen held doctors responsible for spreading coronavirus to common people.
Two Resident Doctors of AIIMS Bhopal were assaulted with bamboo sticks while returning from Duty today by Police Personnel just outside of campus. Inspite of showing ID Cards they still weren't let go and were even told you're responsible for spread of Corona Cases to Public. 1/2— Dr Rishabh Joshi (@drrishabh) April 8, 2020
Calling the incident "outrageous" and "irresponsible", the association demand strict action "against perpetrators within a period of 24 hours".
"Medical fraternity is putting its best efforts to stop COVID-19 epidemic. However, it will be difficult for us to continue the same if our safety and security is not ensured, especially in these challenging times."
In a separate incident, two-woman resident doctors of Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital were allegedly assaulted by their neighbor in the Gautam Nagar area on Wednesday night.
Similar to the Bhopal case, neighbors allegedly accused the women doctors of "spreading coronavirus",
"This incident took place around 9:30 pm when both the doctors had stepped out of their house to buy fruits. The neighbour started shouting at them for spreading COVID-19 in the locality. When the doctors responded, they were physically assaulted by their neighbors," Dr Manish, Resident Doctors' Association, Safdarjung Hospital told ANI.
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