Seven prisoners booked for lynching doctor in Bihar (Lead)

May 30th, 2011 - 9:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, May 30 (IANS) A case was lodged Monday against seven inmates of Bihar’s Gopalganj district jail for beating to death a doctor inside the prison premises, police said. The state government has ordered a probe into Sunday’s ghastly incident but the doctor’s family wants a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry.

Buddhadev Singh was beaten to death Sunday afternoon by the inmates in Gopalganj, some 125 km from Patna, when he went inside a ward to conduct a medical check-up of a prisoner serving a sentence in a kidnapping case.

According to a police officer, the prisoners wanted the doctor to issue them a certificate that they were ill and needed to be shifted out of the jail. But Singh refused, after which he was thrashed.

Bihar Home Secretary Amir Subhani, who visited the jail Monday, told IANS on phone that a first information report (FIR) has been registered against seven inmates.

“The government has decided to conduct a speedy trial against the seven accused,” Subhani said.

He added that action will also be taken against the jail officials for their failure to protect the doctor.

“The state government has ordered a probe into the incident in view of the serious nature of the case,” he said.

Gopalganj Jail Superintendent Ashok Kumar said that the group of inmates attacked the doctor soon after he went in to examine a prisoner.

“They beat him half dead and seriously injured him,” Kumar said.

However, he was unable to explain lack of action by security officials when the doctor was assaulted.

Gopalganj Superintendent of Police K.S. Anupam said that the incident was probably the first of its kind in Bihar. “Police will not spare the accused in the case,” she said.

The incident has shocked the state’s doctors, who have threatened to launch an agitation and have demanded better protection from the state government.

Holding an emergency meeting, the Bihar chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has demanded compensation of Rs.2 crore for the family of the doctor and punishment of the accused.

Ajay Kumar, general secretary of the Bihar State Health Services Association (BSHSA) demanded a high level probe into the case. “We will protest the incident,” he said.

Doctors in Gopalganj went on an indefinite strike Monday afternoon and demanded foolproof security for them in view of the incident.

Vijay Krishna, a close relative of the killed doctor, demanded a CBI probe.

“We have lost hope and faith in the state government,” he said.

The opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) hit out at the government, saying the incident exposed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s claims of good governance and establishing the rule of law in the state.

“It is for everyone to think. When a government doctor is beaten to death in jail, who is safe on the streets,” party MP Ram Kirpal Yadav asked, demanding an explanation from Nitish Kumar.

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