The doctors and staff of the hospital at Kakajan Tea Estate at Mariani in upper Assam’s Jorhat district on Thursday abstained from work in protest against vandalization of the hospital allegedly by tea workers late on Wednesday night.

A nurse of the hospital said that though another Hojai like the incident was averted due to the intervention of the village defence party, police and members of the All Tea Tribes Students Association, who brought the situation under control, everybody felt insecure and were scared.

A young doctor was allegedly beaten up on Tuesday by family members of a deceased Covid-19 patient at Udali Model Hospital in Assam’s Hojai district.

The employees demanded stepped up security so that such incidents did not occur in the future.

A ruckus erupted on Wednesday night following the death of a garden resident identified as Raju Robidas.

According to a police source, Robidas who was brought to the garden hospital in a critical condition was referred by the doctor to JMCH following which he died on the way while he was being taken to the medical college.

A source said that Robidas was suffering from severe pain and was referred to JMCH a few days ago but had not gone.

On hearing about the death of Robidas, reportedly workers of the tea estate got angry and went to the garden hospital and threatened to attack the medical staff and doctor.

They allegedly broke the windowpanes of the hospital.

However, the arrival of the local VDP members and a police team brought the situation under control, the source said.

Smita Bhattacharyya

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