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Cops for NBMCH

Siliguri, Nov. 28: The Siliguri police commissioner today said two constables would be posted in the emergency ward of the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital round the clock to thwart untoward incidents.

K. Jayaraman, the commissioner of Siliguri Metropolitan police, promised the extra security to junior doctors, a day after one of them was allegedly assaulted by a relative of a woman who had been brought-dead to NBMCH.

“The private security guards at NBMCH are not enough to control law and order situations. As they are ex-servicemen, most of them are over 50 years of age and not able to control large crowds. So, additional policemen should be posted at specific points in the hospital, like the emergency ward, medicine ward and gynaecology ward where altercations occur frequently between the staff and relatives of patients,” said Tushar Kanti Sarkar, a junior doctor at NBMCH.

The commissioner said: “We will be sending six additional policemen to NBMCH outpost so that they can be posted at the hospital. Two police constables each will be posted at the emergency ward in three shifts to control any law and order situation that takes place. The junior doctors also demanded that policemen be deployed in the gynaecology and medicine wards where such incidents occur frequently. We will try and address that demand too,” said Jayaraman.

Jayaraman also said there were inadequate policemen at the NBMCH outpost.

“Currently, there are two sub-inspectors, three assistant sub-inspectors and 10 constables at NBMCH outpost. The sanctioned strength is two sub-inspectors, 20 assistant sub-inspectors and more than 10 constables,” he said.