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Doctors call off ceasework

Shillong, Oct. 8: Meghalaya’s government doctors, under the banner of the Meghalaya Medical Services Association (MMSA), today called off their proposed ceasework.

The decision to call off the ceasework, which was to be observed from October 10-12, came after the government suspended the policeman in charge who allegedly harassed Walesa N. Sangma, a doctor attached to Chokpot primary health centre, South Garo Hills. The association has been demanding punitive action against the policemen allegedly involved in harassing Sangma on September 25.

Nearly 15 policemen belonging to the 2nd Meghalaya Police Battalion allegedly assaulted Sangma on the public health centre campus. He was then dragged to the indoor stadium near the PHC and again assaulted and abused.

“This evening, we received a letter from the government informing us that the leader of the policemen has been suspended while the others have been sent for correctional training,” association general secretary Aman War said.

He said since the government has taken action, it was improper for the association to carry out its proposed ceasework. This evening, Meghalaya director-general of police N. Ramachandran said the police havildar of the battalion was suspended following a report filed by inspector-general (western range) F.D. Sangma.

“We have initiated action against the leader of the police team based on a report submitted by the IG (western range),” Ramachandran added. He alleged that the September 25 incident happened because of obstructions caused by the doctor to the police personnel from using the PHC road.

“The doctor was extremely drunk on that day, which resulted in the incident. But at the same time, the action on the part of the police was unjustified and it was not within the law,” Ramachandran said.

The DGP said departmental proceedings against the suspended cop will follow.