Two Congress leaders were injured during the 12-hour strike in Tripura
AGARTALA: Two Congress leaders were injured by a group of CPI (M) cadres during the ongoing 12-hour long bandh at Teliamura in Tripura's Khowai District on 21st December following the death of a 45-day old baby due to medical negligence.
The dawn-to-dusk bandh was called by the Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee.
The people supported the bandh despite the hidden pressure from the Left Front to diminish the bandh. People were forced to open their shops and some went to their official work place.
However, the CPI(M) leaders claimed that the bandh was not observed since office, shops were open and vehicles were also moving here and about without any hindrance.
The 45-day old baby was admitted at Teliamura Rural Hospital on Saturday after he suffered problem since administering polio vaccine. But the child died in the hospital owing to medical negligence.
The deceased's family members alleged that Dr. Pritam Debbarma didn't attend the baby despite knowing the condition of the baby was serious.
The parents and family members became furious for the indifferent attitude of the doctor which led them to ransacked the hospital as well as blocked the Teliamura-Ampi National Highway -44 thrice demanding arrest of the accused doctor, along with the public. Police rushed to the scene and resorted to lathi charge on the agitators.
An enquiry committee was constituted headed by Director of Family Welfare and Preventive Medicine Dr. Nilratan Majumder and the Health Department was asked to submit a report by next week.
At least 55 Congress picketers were arrested by the police, he added.