TMC councillor’s son arrested for ‘assaulting’ doctors

Kalyani: Son of a TMC councillor in Kalyani in Nadia district was today arrestd after he allegedly abused and assaulted junior doctors at a hospital here, police said.

Goutam Roy, son of local councillor Amar Roy of ward 13 of the Kalyani Municipality, was charged under various sections of the IPC for “pointing a gun” at a junior doctor the JNM Hospital, police said.

He was produced today in Kalyani court and released on bail, they said.

Late last Monday some junior doctors at the JNM Hospital had been assaulted allegedly by some local medical shop-owners around midnight, as a fallout of doctors’ protest over an alleged drug racket running in and around the hospital.

According to the principal of the Kalyani Medical College Shantanu Bannerjee, the existence of the drug racket was challenged by the setting up of the fair price medicine shop.

“All medicines are available here with a discount of about 60 to 70 per cent on MRP. But it obviously put the drug racket in a tight spot. So, the racketeers abused, threatened and in some cases even beat up the junior doctors,” he alleged.

A meeting was held among the college authority, the local police and the local administration, which was attended by SDPO, Kalyani, Kaustovdipta Acharjee and SDO, Kalyani, Swapan Kumar Kundu.