Doctors, police attacked in UP, Bihar while seeking information about Covid-19 suspects
The Uttar Pradesh government has invoked National Security Act (NSA) against 17 people, including 13 women, after they pelted stones on a team of doctors, medical staff and policemen in Moradabad’s Nawabpura area on Wednesday. Many of the frontline personnel have been seriously injured and the ambulance and police vehicles were severely damaged.
SSP Amit Pathak speaking about the incident said, “A Covid-19 positive patient recently passed away and his first-layer contact, which constitutes his immediate family, were to be quarantined. A medical and police team visited the spot for the same reason, but were attacked.”
He added, "When the family members came out, a crowd pelted stones on them. We are sending the family members to the quarantine centre. We will identify the people involved in this act and strict action will be taken against them."
On receiving the information about the incident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered the invocation of the stringent NSA and added that any loss to public property will also be recovered from the guilty.
Moradabad has reported 19 Coronavirus positive cases so far.
In two other separate incidents, a Block Development Officer (BDO), policemen and a medical team in Bihar’s Areraj, East Champaran and a sub-divisional police officer and health department officials in Bihar’s Aurangabad were attacked on Wednesday.In Bihar’s Aurangabad, the frontline workers were attacked when they were seeking details on migrants. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured. The Aurangabad Superintendent of Police Deepak Barnwal said that a team of health workers and police reached the spot to screen a villager, who had come from Delhi recently but were attacked by the villagers. About 44 people who were involved in the incident have been arrested.
In East Champaran, the team was attacked while they were trying to create awareness on Covid-19 prevention and Japanese encephalitis (JE) vaccination, but the people, who were upset with the administration for not providing them free ration during this crisis period, entered into an argument with the BDO. When the police intervened, the villagers attacked all of them. The injured have been admitted to Referral Hospital, Areraj.