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Bengal doctor suspended for Facebook post on dengue

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Arunachal Dutta Choudhury
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Kolkata, Nov 12: A doctor working in a state-run district hospital was suspended by the Health Department for alleged Facebook posts in which he described the condition of the healthcare facilities, the plight of the patients and his challenges as a doctor amid an outbreak of dengue in the state.

According to West Bengal Doctors’ Forum, which protested the state government’s move, it appeared the state government or health department found a purported Facebook post as “derogatory to the image of the government”.

In a statement, the forum said the suspension letter also mentioned that his social media posts and comments were unverified.

In his posts, Arunachal Dutta Choudhury posted at Barasat District Hospital in North 24 Parganas district, claimed that about 500 people were admitted to the hospital on October 6 and he struggled to diagnose the patients many of whom were lying on the floor.

“People are dying of fever. I am trying to console them (in government term, counselling them) and I am writing the cause of death… not dengue. In the death certificate, I am writing ‘fever with thrombocytopenia… not dengue,” Dutta Choudhury said in his post.

He also alleged there was an “unwritten order to suppress” the hospital’s “ailing condition”.

On the government move, Dutta Choudhury said: “I have nothing to say. I am a government employee. It is up to the government whether I will continue with my job or not. The government will decide. I have got the suspension letter.”

Despite several attempts, the government officials could not be reached for comments.

The forum’s statement, issued by its President Rezaul Karim, said: “What we gather from social media post is a set of pictures in a government hospital reflecting a crowded ward.

“As a sensitive citizen, he showed his frustration and anguish in not being able to deliver the required standard of care because of immeasurable workload and overcrowding. He has not commented on the performance of the government….”

On October 30, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said that among the 40 dengue deaths, 13 who perished in state-run hospitals were confirmed cases. The government was cross-checking reports of 27 others suspected to have died of the disease in private health facilities.

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BJP candidate sent to jail for assaulting youth who voted for Congress candidate

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Bhopal, Dec 18 : Sudhir Yadav,BJP candidate from Surkhi assembly constituency of Sagar district in Madhya Pradesh,was sent to jail today under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

He had allegedly abused and physically assaulted a youth who voted for Congress candidate in the state assembly elections.Yadav is the son of BJP MP from Sagar Lok Sabha seat Laxmi Narayan Yadav, was booked by the AJK police station in Sagar under Sections 294, 323, 506 and 34 of IPC, besides different sections of the SC/ST Act for allegedly abusing and assaulting 22-year-old Dalit man Deepesh Ahirwar outside the polling booth in Berkhedi Sadak area of Surkhi assembly constituency on the polling day.

In the complaint submitted to the AJK police station , Ahirwar alleged that after exercising franchise in the polls on November 28, when he came out of the polling booth, the BJP candidate Sudhir Yadav was standing outside with his  supporters.”Yadav asked me who I had voted for and I told him that I voted for the Congress candidate. Hearing it the BJP candidate got infuriated and started abusing me and my caste. Yadav also thrashed me badly for voting the Congress candidate,” Ahirwar alleged in the complaint.

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FIR lodged against Shia Waqf Board chief for hurting sentiments of Sunnis

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Mumbai, Dec 18 : An FIR has been registered at JJ Marg police station against Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board chief Waseem Rizvi by a Mumbai based organisation Raza Academy, for allegedly hurting religious statements of Sunni Muslims.

Earlier, the case was lodged against Rizvi on the basis of a complaint of the Sahaba Action Committee at Lucknow ‘s Chowk Police station.

In the complaint, the Sahaba Action Committee claimed that Rizvi had offended the members of Sunni sect of Islam by his remarks over their Caliphs.

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Hope Gujarat, Muzaffarnagar violence perpetrators are also punished: Kejriwal

“I also hope that justice will be done for all the other mass murders which happened in the country after that, be it 2002 (Gujarat violence) or 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots… all such riots are carried out for political benefits,” he added.

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New Delhi, Dec 18 : Welcoming the sentencing of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday hoped that those involved in the 2002 Gujarat communal riots and the 2013 Muzaffarnagar violence are also punished.

“I welcome the judgement of the High Court on Sajjan Kumar. Though it took 34 long years for the decision to come… better late than never,” Kejriwal told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.

“I also hope that justice will be done for all the other mass murders which happened in the country after that, be it 2002 (Gujarat violence) or 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots… all such riots are carried out for political benefits,” he added.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor also hoped that all other politicians involved in the ‘Sikh genocide’ will get the “harshest of punishment”.

Kejriwal said the people of the country want to live in peace, and Hindus and Muslims do not want to fight with each other.

“Riots are carried out at the behest of political parties and political leaders. If exemplary punishments are given, no one would dare to do it in future,” he said.

Meanwhile, AAP legislator Jarnail Singh said that a law should be brought against all mob lynching incidents and communal riots.

Sajjan Kumar, a Congress veteran, was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Delhi High Court on Monday in the anti-Sikh riots in 1984 after which Kumar quit the Congress party on Tuesday morning.

Elected thrice to the Lok Sabha from the Outer Delhi constituency, the latest being 2004, Kumar had been sidelined by the party since 2009 when he was denied a ticket to contest the general elections following allegations of his involvement in the riots which the High Court on Monday described as a “crime against humanity”.

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