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Doctors demand guns

A day after four men robbed the Sakchi residence-cum-clinic of physician N.N. Tripathy, executive committee members of the local chapter of Indian Medical Association convened a meeting on Wednesday and expressed concerns over the city’s deteriorating law and order.

While a section of doctors stressed the need for augmenting security measures, others clamoured for licensed firearms to counter untoward incidents.

The outfit’s Jamshedpur unit president Mritunjay Singh said the meeting was convened to review the impact of Tuesday’s daylight attack.

Senior physician Capt. Nityanand Jha said the Sakchi robbery had maligned doctor-patient relationship.

“From now on, we will have to think twice before coming out to attend a serious patient brought to our residence-cum-clinic at odd hours,” said Jha, a former doctor at Tata Main Hospital and resident of Ramnagar in Kadma.

Another doctor, not willing to be named, said they might soon need to carry guns while attending patients.

Over 36 hours have passed since the armed gang, in guise of patients, decamped with ornaments and cash worth Rs 7 lakh from Tripathy’s residence. Police are, however, yet to make headway in the case.