Cong Activists Run Amok, Vandalise Cuttack ADMO Chamber

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19 September 2016

Ajesh Kumar Mallick

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Cuttack: Despite its announcement of staging peaceful protest statewide before the government-run health centres on Monday alleging healthcare in the State in disarray, violence was allegedly created by the activists of opposition Congress in Cuttack city during its ‘gandharna’ and protest before the chief district medical officer (CDMO)’s office here. While the additional district medical officer (ADMO) was allegedly forced from his official chamber to the stir spot of Cuttack District Town Congress, the chamber was also allegedly vandalised.

In protest against such misdemeanour, the doctors at the hospital resorted to cease work on the day affecting normal health services.

An FIR has been lodged with the Dargha Bazaar Police Station and investigation was on. Cuttack DCP Sanjeev Arora rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation.

As a part of the ‘gandharna’ and protest, some Congress activists entered the CDMO office campus to submit a memorandum to him. In the absence of the CDMO Prafulla Kumar Behera, they went straight to the chamber of ADMO Abhay Kumar Pattnaik. A commotion allegedly ensued there.

Besides allegedly misbehaving the ADMO, the Congress activists also forced him to the spot of protest outside. Some other activists also allegedly resorted to vandalism by smashing the computer set and furniture in his official chamber.

Talking to media, ADMO Abhay Kumar Pattnaik said, “While the strike was on, at around 12-12.30 pm, some Congress workers barged into the hospital campus and tried to drag me out with them. Meanwhile, some others resorted to smashing the computer set, chairs and almirah in the official chamber here. Scared by the grim situation, I at last went out with them”.

DCP Sanjeev Arora said, “There was scuffle while they had been to submit memorandum. I held discussion with the doctors. FIR will be filed. After that legal action will be taken accordingly”.

Notably, the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) as per its decision taken in its executive body meeting on September 9, staged dharna before the Primary Health Centres and Community Health Centres (PHCs and CHCs) across the State alleging worsening health service.

Nagada malnutrition death of kids, Dana Majhi issue and shortage of doctors were the main issues of the party’s protest.

The Bhubaneswar District Congress Committee (DCC) also on the day held peaceful protest before the Capital Hospital in the capital city.

Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Prasad Harichandan said, “While the BJD Government is in ICU, health service in the State here is in coma. This strike is a warning to the State Government who is in deep slumber. There is dearth of MBBS doctor in every health centre across the State. In absence of those doctors, the Ayush doctors are taking care of the critical patients at many places”.

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Abhay Kumar Pattnaik, ADMO, Cuttack

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Sanjeev Arora, DCP, Cuttack

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Prasad Harichandan, President, Pradesh Congress Committee