Inquiry committee to probe into the case of Doctor’s assault by IRB

Inquiry committee to probe into the case of Doctor's assault by IRB; Report to be submitted within 7 days

Kohima, August 24 (NEx): Yet again, there has been a clash between the front line workers in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic crisis in Nagaland. This time, IRB personnel allegedly assaulted one Dr. Atoka Wotsa, pathologist of Chumoukedima Trunat Lab Centre on the evening of August 21, 2020.

The Principal Secretary (PS) Home department, Abhijit Sinha, in a notification on August 23, 2020, ordered the inquiry into the doctor assault case by Indian Reserved Battalion (IRB) where it has been reported that Dr. Atoka Wotsa working as pathologist in the COVID-19 lab, Chumukedima was assaulted and his vehicle damaged on the night of August 21st, 2020 by police personnel on duty, while he was proceeding to his place of stay at a designated quarantine facility for medical professionals.

The government decided to have a detailed inquiry conducted into the facts and circumstances of the case and fix responsibilities after taking into consideration all aspects of the matter and as per the demands for an inquiry into the incident and for immediate action against the concerned Police personnel, said the notification.

An inquiry committee is constituted to conduct inquiry into the incident, under the Chairmanship of Shri Neposo Theluo, Commissioner & Secretary RD dept., with Smti. Khanrinla Koza, Secretary Law & Justice and Smti. Rosy Margaret Athrila, ADC Niuland as members. The committee has been directed to submit the report of the case within seven (7) days from the date of issue of this notification.

The PS also stated that the order issued by DC Dimapur instituting an inquiry into the same incident by the SDO (C) sadar, shall stand superseded.

Further, the notification stated that the inquiring committee is empowered to examine or summon all those involved in the incident, as well as witnesses, take statements and also call for any documents, records as may be deemed necessary during the course of inquiry.