A group of doctors and others health workers was assaulted by a crowd at the district of Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh where two cases of novel coronavirus have been suspected.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath have commanded the police to book those charged with the complaint of stone pelting at the medical team and later at the cops who came to their rescue. He has requested the police to levy upon National Security Act (NSA) against these assailants.
SSP Amit Pathak of the district gave an account of the incident that took place in the Nagpharea area. A patient, admitted on April 9 in the medical college of Tirthankar Mahavir University, was reported to be COVID-19 positive on April 13. The man passed away the same night. The team of medical personnel had been at his home to quarantine his family members where the deceased’s brother was also found suffering from fever. Though his family agreed to follow up with the orders, their neighbours refused to let them go and held the health workers responsible for quarantining people with inadequate food. As soon as they got in the ambulance, the localites started pelting stones at them. The police who came to escort them were also attacked by the perpetrators. They vandalised the ambulance along with four other vehicles.
Three of them suffered injuries including a doctor and pharmacist. The police has taken 10 attackers into custody till now and is finding others involved in the vandalism. CM has also declared that the accused will have to compensate for the damage caused to the property.
The area has been sealed after the attack with heavy deployment of police officials. Uttar Pradesh is one of the hotspots in the country with 735 confirmed cases and 11 deaths.