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State Cabinet holds Dr Wotsa, IRB, vehicle occupants & UPHC collectively responsible for Aug 21 incident

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Dimapur, September 13: The State Cabinet has held the occupants of Nissan Micra Car, Dr Atoka Wotsa, IRB personnel and the health workers in the Urban PHC, Duncan collectively responsible for violation of the law, which it said are punishable under various sections of the IPC and other Acts.
It may be mentioned that Dr Atoka Wotsa was allegedly assaulted on the night of August 21 in Dimapur by IRB personnel, following which an Inquiry Committee was formed to investigate into the incident.
On September 3, the Cabinet discussed the Inquiry Report and appreciated the Committee for submitting the report within time.
As per the findings of the report, the occupants of the Nissan Micra car, Dr Atoka Wotsa, IRB personnel and the health workers of Urban PHC Duncan “were all collectively responsible for violation of the law.”
The Cabinet, after detailed discussions, decided that while legally, action would need to be taken against all those involved, in the interest of public service and in view of the concerted efforts being made to fight Covid-19, actions needs to be taken.
“Convey to the NIDA and the Indian Medical Council (Nagaland Branch) the unethical action on the part of the Urban Primary Health Centre, Duncan on refusing examination and treatment of the injured IRB personnel,” the minutes of the meeting read.
The Cabinet expressed shock that such an incident took place and directed that necessary corrective measures should be taken.
The Cabinet also expressed displeasure that at a time of nationwide emergency on account of the pandemic, the NIDA resorted to agitation by closing down medical services across the state.
“This was not only unlawful and also unethical,” the Cabinet said.
It further said the matter had already been settled between the family of Dr Atoka Wotsa and IRB personnel on the night of the incident itself and there was no need of the Association to resort to agitation.
The Cabinet was also appaled by the behavior of the IRB personnel on duty that night and said it manifested deficiency of skill in handling conflict situations wherein they lost track of their primary role and instead took the law in their own hands. The Cabinet directed that strict instructions and SOP should be issued by the PHQ to avoid such incidents in future.
The Cabinet further noted that the behavior of Dr Atoka Wotsa on the night of the incident was unbecoming of a Government servant and this was a contributing factor in the incident.
The Cabinet directed that Good Behaviour bond be obtained from all the occupants of the Nissan Micra.
The Cabinet meeting minute addressed to the Principal Secretary of Home Department and the Commissioner & Secretary of Health & Family Welfare Department also asked them to intimate the action taken to the Cabinet Cell.
Social media divided on development
Meanwhile, social media seems divided on the latest development. While some berated the medical fraternity for holding people at ransom, others expressed anger and shock with the IRB for what they felt was highhandedness and manipulation. Many felt that the guilty, whether it’s the doctor or the IRB personnel should be punished according to law.
One commentator wrote – “… but whatever really transpired that day between the 3 parties is not a personal family drama-matter anymore since that incident held the whole State to ransom and there should be consequences for such action, it’ll only be reasonable and justified if the guilty party is punished properly and the whole matter brought to light regardless of who they are (doctor or IRB or whosoever) so that no one in the future makes a mockery of the law and takes us all for a ride.
(Page News Service)