COVID-19: NSA invoked against four men for attacking doctors in Indore

Two women doctors were injured when their 5-member team was attacked in Indore's Tatpatti Bakhal

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Residents of Indore’s Taatpatti Bakhal apologise to a team of doctors a day after health workers were attacked | PTI Photo

The stringent National Security Act (NSA) has been slapped against four men for allegedly attacking healthcare workers in Taatpatti Bakhal area of Indore on Wednesday. The development came on Friday (April 3) and this is first such action related to COVID-19 pandemic in Madhya Pradesh, said an official.

A five-member team from the health department had gone to Taatpatti Bakhal on Wednesday to quarantine the relatives and acquaintances of a COVID-19 patient, when an unruly mob attacked them with stones, injuring two women doctors.

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The police had arrested seven persons for the alleged attack on Thursday and the district administration has slapped the NSA on four of them, the official said. The Indore police on Friday detained six more men in connection with the incident.

Six more men are being questioned about their involvement in the incident, Indore’s Chhatripura police station in-charge Karan Singh Shaktawat said.

Meanwhile, additional superintendent of police Crime Branch (Indore), Rajesh Dandotia said, four persons were booked under the relevant provisions of the IPC and Information Technology Act for spreading a rumours and inflammatory messages about coronavirus on social media. Arif Khan (26) has been arrested in this case, while search is on for three other absconding accused, he said.

(With inputs from agencies)