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Strike after mob attacks doctor
- Patient death triggers mayhem

Jorhat, June 21: The staff of Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Hospital today boycotted work in protest against a mob attack on two doctors of the government hospital in Upper Assamís Tinsukia district last night.

Sources said the mob entered the hospital around 11 last night and attacked Bhattacharyya and another doctor, Prasanta Borgohain. It was alleged that negligence on the part of the hospital authorities led to the death of a woman, Pinki Das.

The condition of one of the doctors, Jayanta Bhattacharyya, is said to be critical. He was rushed to Assam Medical College Hospital in Dibrugarh after the mob beat him for nearly an hour.

Pinki, 21, had been operated upon early yesterday and the hospital authorities had asked her family members to arrange for the rare O negative blood for her. Although the hospital authorities had provided two bottles of blood, the family failed to make arrangements for more, which resulted in Pinkiís death around 8.30pm.

Sources said this enraged the family members, who alleged that she died because of negligence. Around 11pm, a mob attacked Bhattacharyya, who had operated on Pinki.

The mob also beat up Borgohain, who was on night duty. The hospital staff today boycotted work, demanding protection and arrest of the culprits.

A team of district administration officials today visited the hospital and held a meeting with the hospital authorities. It was decided that CCTV cameras would be installed at the hospital. The hospital authorities have also demanded that a police post be set up on the premises.

No patients were admitted today. ďWe are providing treatment to the patients who are already admitted in the hospital but no new patients have been admitted today,Ē a hospital staff told The Telegraph over phone. The ceasework, he said, would continue till 8pm tomorrow.

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