The Jorhat Police has filed a 602-page chargesheet in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate at Jorhat against 32 accused in the sensational Dr Deben Dutta lynching case which shook the state on August 31st, 2019.
On the fateful night, Dr Dutta was mercilessly beaten by the relatives of a tea garden worker of Teok in Upper Assam’s Jorhat district for allegedly reaching the hospital premises late. He was working in the tea garden hospital after his retirement without remuneration.
“This is exemplary that the chargesheet has been filed within 22 days of the barbaric incident. As many as 32 persons have been arrested. The chargesheet has been prepared based on the forensic reports of blood samples, fingerprints, post mortem report and video footage of the incident,” said the Deputy Inspector General (Eastern Range) Siva Prasad while addressing a presser in Jorhat on September 23rd, 2019.
“Eye-witnesses have been contacted by minutely observing the video footage. Around 72 screenshots have been taken from the video just to identify the culprits,” added Prasad. The DIG also accepted delay on their part to reach the spot when the incident took place.
During the conferrence, Jorhat superintendent of Police Vaibhav Nimbalkar, Additional Superintendent of Police Prakash Sonowal and Officer-in-Charge of Teok Police Station, Dipankar Gogoi were also present.
The lynching incident which grabbed international headlines also received widespread condemnation. The Indian Medical Association reiterated its zero-tolerance against any sort of violence on doctors, health workers and health establishments came down heavily against the government and demanded that there should be strict policy to prevent violence on doctors.