Will take action against guilty, apology to Dr. Nesozol Sezo: DGP

Kohima, April 04 (NE): An unfortunate incident has stormed the social media today, April 04, 2020 in Nagaland as the state is in a battle against the Covid-19 pandemic. The frontline workers- health care team Police personnels, who are involved in containing the Covid-19 situation in the state lock horns on wee hours of Saturday, April 04, 2020.

Meanwhile, Deputy CM Y Patton said that he is disheartened by the unfortunate incident of yesterday in which Dr. Sezo, a Senior Medical Officer was assaulted. At a time when our doctors and health workers are working overtime to ensure our safety, this is unacceptable. In this regard, we are taking immediate measures, tweets the Deputy CM.

Nagaland DGP, T. John Longkumer, IPS, took to social media to tender his apology as head of the police department in the state. DGP through a message tender his sincere apologies to Dr. Nesozol Sezo and the Medical fraternity for the unfortunate incident involving Dr. Sezo and few Police personnel last night. An enquiry is being conducted and action will be taken against those found guilty. I appeal to all our Medical brethren for your forbearance and forgiveness, he said.

It is reported through various social media that Dr. Nesozol Sezo, Senior Medical Officer (SMO), also a member of Dimapur quarantine team since March 25, 2020, was assaulted by Police personnel for not wearing masks inside his vehicle.

Even after Dr. Sezo’s disclosing his identity, police personnel manning the area refused to listen and started to assault him, they also damaged the Doctor’s car. The incident took place at Purana Bazaar last evening, near his house. The pictures of the damaged car has been taking rounds in social media since this morning.

An enquiry is being conducted and action will be taken against those found guilty, said the Nagaland DGP, today, April 04, 2020, and also appealed to all Medical brethren for forbearance and forgiveness.”

Indian Dental Association Nagaland State Branch (IDANSB) strongly condemns the incident in the highest manner and is deeply saddened to learn about the incident of Dr. Sezo allegedly beaten up by police personnels of special task force while returning home after finishing his duty related to COVID-19 preparedness on the night of April 03, 2020.

It is extremely unfortunate to witness this kind of situation at critical times like this when the entire medical fraternity are working so hard to fight the pandemic covid-19. This act committed by police personnels is a felony and IDANSB stands with Dr. Sezo and appeals to competent authorities to immediately book and punish the culprits as per the law, stated the IDANSB President, Kaketo Yepthomi.