NPF demands explanation from the Home Minister over the assault on doctor

Kohima, April 05 (NE): The Naga Peoples Front (NPF) through a Communiqué, on April 04, 2020, expressed deep concern over the high-handedness of certain police personnel of Special Task Force who allegedly assaulted one Dr. Sezo Rote, Senior Medical Officer, Medziphema, and smashed up his car near his house in Purana Bazar while he was returning from duty on the night of April 03, 2020.

The party said that it is very unfortunate that such incident took place while the whole State is reeling under the threat of virulent disease COVID-19 and relentlessly fighting hard 24/7. It is sad to learn that the police had bashed up the doctor even after he had identified himself. This is the height of arrogance and brutality of misfit personnel which is unacceptable in a decent police establishment. The competent authority must immediately intervene and take to task those erring police personnel who failed to maintain politeness and close coordination with medical fraternity but tarnished the good image of the police department. It shows that there is no coordination between the various Government machineries who are supposed to be monitoring the situation without any communication gap. Therefore, the party demands an explanation from the Home Minister, Y Patton, it added.

The NPF is also surprised over the PDA Government Spokesperson, Minister Neiba Kronu appealing all the attendees of religious congregation at Nizamuddin at Delhi from Nagaland to voluntarily contact and report to the respective DCs. This appealing voice of the Government will cost the lives of Nagas greatly. Instead of tracking down the attendees immediately and bring them under strict quarantine; the apathy attitude of State Government is highly questionable. It has been nearly two weeks now ever since the impact of the Nizamuddin gathering was brought to the notice of public domain and the PDA Government is still unable to give us concrete details of this matter which is a matter of serious concern and showing inability of the Government in handling the present pandemic.

The NPF is also upset over the restriction purportedly imposed by police personnel on the movement of media persons on duty at Kohima who are exempted from restrictive order, and are actively playing the important role of highlighting the development of COVID-19 to the general public. Media fraternity should also be brought within the purview of frontline workers and that necessary incentives are given to them as people require daily updates of COVID-19.

The NPF also observed that in certain colonies, youth groups are voluntarily keeping vigil on the movement of people. Their services and contribution are highly notable and appreciable but the party feels that they should equip themselves with all necessary medical kits while performing their duties and are expected to be polite and decent in their approach from all quarters so that every one will be saved from this pandemic.

The NPF party also appreciated the dedications of medical and police departments in carrying out their duties for safety of public health. The party appeal to all stakeholders to have mutual understanding and extend all-out cooperation to effectively deal with the crisis especially during this crucial period under lockdown.