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Bengal doctor suspended for Facebook post on dengue

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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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6 held for robbing, assaulting wife, daughter of Delhi HC ex-CJ

The accused have been identified as Dinesh, Dheerender, Upender Rai, Ram Swaroop, Deepak and domestic help Sandeep. They were arrested from different areas of their native state Jharkhand

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New Delhi, Sep 21 : Delhi Police on Thursday arrested six persons, including a domestic help, for assaulting, robbing and holding captive the wife and daughter of a former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court here.

“The accused have been identified as Dinesh, Dheerender, Upender Rai, Ram Swaroop, Deepak and domestic help Sandeep. They were arrested from different areas of their native state Jharkhand,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Chinmoy Biswal.

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The incident occurred on Monday night when their recently hired domestic help Sandeep called the other accused to the former Chief Justice Dalip Kapoor’s residence in New Friends Colony.

The accused allegedly assaulted and held captive wife and daughter of the former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court and later escaped with jewellery and cash, Biswal said.

“Reeba Kapoor,78, wife of former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Dalip Kapoor, in her statement to the police had said Sandeep, along with accomplices, assaulted her and her daughter Sheeba, 45. They then tied them with ropes and escaped with jewellery and cash worth lakhs of rupees,” the officer added

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FIR against Delhi Police ACP over rape accusation

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New Delhi, Sep 20: An FIR has been lodged against Additional Commissioner of Delhi Police for allegedly raping a woman.

The accused officer has identified as Ramesh Dahiya was posted as the Station House Officer at Sadar Bazar Police Station in the national capital.

“Last month, the woman registered a rape complaint at Sadar Bazar Police station against Dahiya, claiming that the cop had developed physical intimacy with her and promised to marry her when he was the Station House Officer at Sadar Bazar. They allegedly also have a son, ANI reported.

The victim also alleged that the officer had molested her minor daughter, and abducted the son born of Dahiya.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (North Delhi) Nupur Prasad told media “A complaint has come to Sadar Bazar police station regarding rape and molestation against an ACP. A case has been registered under 376, 328, 506, 363 of IPC and the POCSO Act”.

“The case has also been transferred to the crime branch”, She added.

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Cyclone alert issued for Odisha, Andhra Pradesh

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Bhubaneswar, Sep 20: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday issued a cyclone alert for Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.

The IMD in a statement said a depression over west-central and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours.

“The depression over west-central and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal moved nearly westwards with a speed about 15 kmph in the past six hours. It has intensified into a deep depression and lay centred at about 310 km east-southeast of Kalingapatnam (coastal Andhra Pradesh) and about 300 km east-southeast of Gopalpur (Odisha),” the statement said.

“It is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours. It is very likely to move west-northwestwards and cross south Odisha – north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Kalingapatnam and Puri (Odisha), close to Gopalpur around midnight as a cyclonic storm with wind speed of 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph.”

Heavy to very heavy rain was predicted at a few places over Odisha and extremely heavy downpour at isolated places over south Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh.

“Squally wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is very likely along and off Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh coasts. It will gradually increase, becoming 60-70 kmph gusting 80 kmph from today (Thursday) evening for subsequent 12 hours,” said the IMD statement.

Damage by the storm was expected in the districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh and Gajapati, Ganjam, Khurda, Nayagarh and Puri districts in Odisha.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the northwest Bay of Bengal and along and off the Odisha, West Bengal and north Andhra Pradesh coasts.

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