Sensation prevails after the mysterious death of a two-month-old male baby in Muttuck Tea Estate at Lahowal in Dibrugarh district.

According to sources, the compounder of the Muttuck Tea Estate hospital on Sunday declared the baby dead, but the family members claimed they had found the infant alive during the funeral rites.

The family members took the baby to the Assam Medical College Hospital (AMCH) at Dibrugarh where the doctors also declared him brought dead.

Sources said, “A two-month-old baby, Purab Mura, fell sick on Sunday and his family members rushed him to the Muttuck Tea Estate hospital where no doctors or nurses were found.”

“The family members however found a compounder in the hospital. She checked up the baby and declared him dead,” said sources.

The deceased baby’s mother Niha Mura claimed when they started preparing for his last rites, she saw that the baby’s hands and legs were moving.

“We then took him to AMC for treatment where the doctors declared him brought dead. The doctors told us that he had expired two hours ago,” said Neha.

“We suspect that the compounder of the tea garden hospital had declared my baby dead even while he was alive,” alleged Niha.

The father of the deceased, Papu Mura said, “If my baby had received the right treatment in the tea estate hospital, he would have remained alive today.”

“I have lost my baby due to negligence on the part of the compounder on duty and non-availability of doctors in the hospital,” Mura added.

The members of the Assam Tea Tribes Students’ Association (ATTSA) gheraoed the office of Muttuck Tea Estate in protest against the utter negligence in the health issues of the tea garden people.

“Such an incident took place due to negligence on the part of the tea garden hospital authority. If doctors were present at the hospital when the two-month-old baby was taken, the incident would not have happened,” said an ATTSA member.

“Everybody is playing with the health of the tea garden people. We demand an investigation into the matter and resignation of the compounder,” the ATTSA member said.

Avik Chakraborty

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