Tribune News Service
Patiala, April 8
“I don’t want to continue with my job,” said a medical officer of the Patiala Health Department after he was assaulted by villagers for following the Covid protocol.
Extremely traumatised, disappointed
I am extremely traumatised. If this is what I have to face while doing my duty, then I better call it a day. I am also disappointed that no action had been taken so far in the incident. — Medical officer, Patiala Health Department
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The medical officer, posted in the Dhudhan Sadhan block, was allegedly beaten up during the cremation of a Covid victim at Chahut village on Tuesday afternoon. “I am extremely traumatised. If this is what I have to face while doing my duty, then I better call it a day,” said the 39-year-old doctor. Sources said the doctor managed to flee the cremation ground only after some people from the village intervened.
The doctor added he was disappointed that no action had been taken so far in the incident despite a complaint to his seniors. Dr Kiran Verma, Senior Medical Officer, Dudhan Sadhan, said, “The officer was beaten up after he objected to taking of photos of the dead Covid victim because it is against the protocol.”
When asked about filing a complaint with the police, Dr Verma said, “I have verbally informed the Station House Officer who assured me of action.” The Julkan SHO said he was not aware of the incident, but he could take action only after a complaint. Villagers were reportedly upset at the death of 55-year-old Charu Kaur.
Patiala Civil Surgeon Dr Satinder Singh said, “The SMO told me he had already filed a complaint.”