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On Monday, Dibrugarh police arrested five more people in association with the brutal attack on a doctor in Dikom Tea Estate, taking the total number of arrested persons to 22.
According to police, 17 people involved in the incident were arrested earlier by the police and they were chasing to nab the rest of the culprits. A video clip of the incident which shows a mob beating up the doctor had gone viral on social media, which helped the cops in identifying the culprits.
A police official said that there will be a couple of more arrests and they are taking the matter very seriously. He said the accused persons have been booked under sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt), 427 (mischief causing damage), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC.
The garden management has also lifted the indefinite lock-out in the tea estate from Monday morning. The lock-out was imposed following the incident on May 6 fearing further worsening of the situation.
On Sunday, the management had a meeting with delegates of the ACMS (Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha) and ATTSA (Assam Tea Tribes Students’ Association). They have assured that there will be no repetition of such incident. The workers have also expressed regret and apologised for the incident. Because of the assurance they have decided to withdraw the lock-out from Monday morning, as conveyed by Samar Jyoti Chaliha, the manager of Dikom Tea Estate.
On May 6, Probin Chandra Thakur, the medical officer of Dikom Tea Estate, who has been serving in the tea garden for 30 years, was brutally attacked by a mob of garden workers following the death of a woman worker during a severe thunderstorm.
The worker, identified as Jhalo Surjan, died while plucking tea leaves when a tree uprooted and fell on her. Three co-workers – Mangri Keot, Manik Murah and Mamta Murah – also suffered injuries in this incident. Claiming lapse by the management in despatching an ambulance, the furious workers attacked the doctor.
A pharmacist and a manager of the tea estate were also injured while trying to save the doctor. The doctor who was later saved by the police has been admitted to a private hospital with a broken collar bone and several fractured ribs.
The incident had provoked strong reactions from the doctors’ fraternity with members of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) Assam State Branch members staging an hour-long protest across the state on May 11.
The garden management had announced Rs 1 lakh compensation for the family of the deceased. On Wednesday, Chabua MLA Binod Hazarika handed over a cheque of Rs 4 lakh to the family of the deceased as compensation.
A peace committee was formed and a meeting was held under the aegis of ATTSA and Assam ACMS on Tuesday. The meeting demanded that the garden management should lift the lock out which was forced by the manager of the garden to avoid further breakdown of law and order.