Doctor Assault Undermines Cops Confidence-Building Efforts | Calcutta News
Several medical bodies, including the Indian Medical Association (Bengal Chapter), on Wednesday called for the immediate arrest of the officer in charge of Jadavpur, Pulak Kumar Dutta, for the alleged assault of the resident doctor of the Calcutta Medical Research Institute, Srinivas Geddam. Of additional importance was the ruling party’s public stance on Thursday; IMA Secretary of State Santanu Sen (also Rajya Sabha MP of the Trinamool Congress) wrote to CM Mamata Banerjee to request “the immediate arrest of this police officer under the non-bail provisions” .
âOtherwise, doctors will have no confidence in the police and could go even further. Moreover, we can also decide that no doctor will treat a policeman, âadded Sen’s letter, which could reflect the ruling party’s position on the issue. The letter came even as several medics posted on the Kolkata Police Facebook wall, commenting on what they saw as a “betrayal” of the same force that recently went to hospitals with roses for medics. and hospital campuses plastered with messages calling physicians “beside God.” and âfriends of societyâ.
The doctors’ comments – many of whom were brimming with sarcasm – forced a response from the cops on the same FB wall in the evening. He detailed Dutta’s response, where he denied slapping the doctor but admitted to “pushing” him after “explaining” why he did it. Kolkata police “believed” that “most doctors would treat an incident in which a patient with high blood pressure and post-operative pain reacted kindly”.
FB’s response from the cops came at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, five hours after a formal complaint was filed against Dutta with Deputy Police Commissioner (South) Meeraz Khalid. It wrapped up a day that began with Dutta’s discharge from CMRI (where the alleged assault occurred) – after signing a risky bond – and admitted to Ruby General Hospital. He was being given an intravenous antibiotic, for which he needed to be hospitalized, doctors said.
The OC was admitted to CMRI on Tuesday where he underwent surgery for a wrist injury. On Wednesday, he allegedly held Dr Geddam by the neck and pushed him as the doctor inquired about his medical history.
âThe doctors wanted an FIR. Nevertheless, a written complaint was filed against the police officer. Now it’s up to the police to act against him, âa senior consultant told CMRI. Jt CP (HQ) Supratim Sarkar said: âWe have received a formal complaint and an investigation has been launched. Senior criminal lawyer Sekhar Basu estimated that several criminal charges could be laid on such complaints. “Whatever the reasons or provocation, the assault of a doctor on duty by a senior police officer is unacceptable,” Basu said.