Deben Dutta

Jorhat police on Monday picked up five more tea garden workers in connection with the brutal killing of Teok Tea Estate physician Dr Deben Dutta.

73-year-old Dutta was lynched by a mob at Teok Tea Estate on Saturday where he had volunteered his services after retirement.

Police also on Monday formally arrested 22 persons, who were picked up on Sunday on charges of lynching the septuagenarian physician.

Doctors in Jorhat district especially in private hospitals withdrew services except for emergency services in protest against the killing of Dutta.

A call has been given by the Indian Medical Association, Assam branch for all doctors in the state to withdraw services on Tuesday except emergency in protest against the killing and the government’s failure to provide security to the doctors.

A police source stated all the 22 people arrested were produced before the court of additional chief judicial magistrate, Jorhat, Abdus Sattra, who sent them to 14-day judicial custody.

Jorhat SP Vaibhav Nimbalkar saidthe accused have been booked (case number 434/2019) under sections 302, 341, 342, 427, 506, 143, 144, 147, 148, 149 of the IPC along with Section 4 of the Assam Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property) Act, 2011 in the Teok police sation.

The source further said that police on Monday picked up another five persons for questioning in the case.

Jorhat deputy commissioner Roshni A Korati said that she held talks with senior officials of the management of the tea garden and officials of the state labour welfare department office here regarding lifting of the lockout which was declared in the estate since Saturday night.

The Jorhat district administration has stated that the magisterial inquiry on the incident ordered by the Jorhat DC, to be conducted by additional deputy commissioner Subhan Gowala, will hold public hearings from September 3 to 5 at the Teok revenue circle office from 11am to 2pm.

Any person having any information or evidence regarding the incident could appear before the magistrate and submit the same for benefit of the investigation, the DC said.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com

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