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Doc thrashed at NBMCH

Siliguri, Nov. 27: A junior doctor was allegedly assaulted at North Bengal Medical College and Hospital today by a relative of a woman who had been brought-dead last night.

The ruckus was created by around 25 people who barged into the female ward today demanding the release of the woman’s body without a post-mortem. Police have detained a man for roughing up the doctor.

Shikha Das, a 32-year-old woman from Tinbatti Colony here, was brought to the medical college after she had suffered chest pain around 10 last night.

“She was declared brought dead by the on-duty doctors in the female medicine ward and referred for a post-mortem. Junior doctors were on duty in the female ward when over 25 people forced their way past the security guard at the entrance around 12pm today and demanded that we release the body without a post-mortem. When we refused, a man in the group held a colleague of mine by the collar and started hitting him,” said Tushar Kanti Sarkar, a junior doctor.

Sources at the hospital said some of the junior doctors had refused to allow the body to be taken for post-mortem demanding an apology from the attacker.

Atanu Das, Shikha’s husband, said the police were late in handing over the body to doctors for the autopsy.

“My wife’s body was lying in the ward and even after 14 hours, the police didn’t come and hand over the body to doctors. So, we demanded that the body be released without post-mortem. None of us attacked the doctor,” Atanu said.

Sabyasachi Das, the NBMCH superintendent, also said the police had delayed the transfer of the body for post-mortem.