21 people were arrested on Monday in connection with the death of a 73-year-old doctor of a tea estate in Assam.
Deven Dutta was allegedly beaten by the family of tea garden worker and others, after a worker died during treatment at a hospital in Teok Tea Garden on Saturday.
The doctor died of his injuries on Saturday after he was thrashed and locked up in a room by the angry workers.
According to reports, Somra Majhi, a 33-year-old worker was taken to the hospital in a critical state around noon and died shortly afterwards.
Dr Dutta returned around 3.30 to attend him but the angry workers beat him and allegedly even cut him with glass shards before he was rescued by the police.
The police took him to Jorhat Medical College and Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
The workers alleged that the doctor was not present at the hospital when they brought their fellow worker.
As per police, a magisterial enquiry has been ordered in this matter and Assistant Deputy Commissioner (ADC) will conduct the enquiry and submit a report in seven days.
“The incident occurred on Saturday when a group of people attacked Dr Deben Duttawas following the death of Somra Majhi who was undergoing treatment at the garden hospital,” said IAS Roshni Aparanji Korati.
“The workers gathered at the hospital and Dr Dutta had to be rescued by the magistrate police. He was immediately shifted to another hospital but unfortunately he died while undergoing treatment,” she added.
Dr Dutta was one of the senior doctors in Jorhat and was serving on an extension after being retired long ago.
On Sunday, many aspiring doctors studying at Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh took out a candle march demanding stern laws against the violence against doctors.
The Indian Medical Association has also called for a strike on Tuesday, including withdrawal of emergency services.
Earlier in June, the IMA doctors went on a nationwide strike against the assault of two interns in Kolkata in West Bengal.