The Dibrugarh-based doctor, who poured boiling water on a 12-year-old boy, is absconding.

A team of Milan Nagar police outpost on Wednesday went to arrest Dr Siddhi Prasad Deori from his residence at Milan Nagar in Dibrugarh town.

The police team had to wait for hours to enter the doctor’s residence.

After waiting for hours, the police team informed the district magistrate.

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Later, the police personnel entered Dr Deori’s residence by climbing the gate of his residence in front of the district magistrate.

According to sources, the rooms of Dr Deori’s residence were locked from inside and pet dogs were kept open to prevent the police to go inside the home.

Police searched their home for hours but failed to get a trace of Dr Deori and his wife, Mitali Konwar.

Talking to Northeast Now, additional superintendent of police (HQ) Padmanav Baruah said, “We have registered a case under Child Labour Act and Juvenile Justice Act at Dibrugarh police station. We are searching the accused, Dr Siddhi Prasad Deori and we will take action as per law.”

The 12-year-old child had been working as a domestic help in Dr Deori’s home.

The child was rescued by the Social Welfare Committee of Dibrugarh.

The minor has been living with Dr Siddhi Prasad Deori and his wife Mitali Konwar for the last one year.

Dr Deori is a physician while his wife Mitali Konwar is the principal of Moran College.

Talking to the media, the child said for one-and-half years he had been staying in Dr Deori’s house.

“I do all kinds of work in their home. On Monday night, Dr Siddhi Prasad Deori poured boiling water on me when I was sleeping on the floor. I am originally from Jorhat and they didn’t permit me to talk to my father,” said the child.

“Police have been moving slowly in the case. We demand the arrest of Dr Siddhi Prasad Deori. Police can do everything. They should arrest him immediately,” said a social worker of Dibrugarh.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com