The workers of Romai tea estate gheraoed the bungalow of the garden manger in protest against the mysterious death of their garden worker in Dibrugarh.

On Saturday, the body of a 54-year-old Covid19 positive patient was recovered in the footpath at Assam Medical College Hospital (AMCH) in Jalan Nagar area of Dibrugarh.

The body was later identified by his family member as Bhim Bhuyan of Romai tea estate.

The agitated workers of the tea garden protested in front of the bungalow of the garden manager on Monday.

Later, security forces were deployed in the area to control the situation.

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“Due to negligence on the part of the hospital authority the Covid19 positive patient died. It is strange that his body was recovered in a footpath in mysterious condition. Even his family member didn’t know about his death,” said a worker of the Romai tea estate.

“The ambulance driver might have dumped him on the AMCH footpath,” the worker added.

The workers also held the manager of Romai tea garden responsible for the incident.

“After sending him to the Covid care centre in Don Bosco, the manager didn’t take any information about his health condition. The manager is also responsible for the death of the person,” said Ratan Bhuyan, a relative of the deceased.

“We demand an inquiry into the incident; how could the Covid positive patient’s body was found in the AMCH footpath. The AMCH authority is responsible for his death. We have submitted a memorandum to the Assam health minister and demand Rs 20 lakh as compensation for the deceased’s family,” said Lakhindra Kurmi, a ATTSA leader.

Dibrugarh deputy commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha has ordered the superintendent of police to conduct an inquiry into the matter.

On Monday, Assam health minister Keshab Mahanta also ordered an inquiry into the incident.

Avik Chakraborty

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