Health workers trying to admit Covid patient to hospital in Meerut attacked with stones

Two people have been arrested for allegedly attacking and chasing around six healthcare workers in Meerut while they were trying to admit a Covid patient to a government hospital.

Viral videos from the spot show police entering the crowd and raining blows on the protestors including women health workers. (Screengrab)

The police have arrested two people in Meerut for allegedly chasing away and attacking health workers with stones when they were trying to admit a coronavirus patient to a government hospital in Meerut.

The incident happened on Saturday evening in a locality in Meerut, the Indian Express reported.

The family of the accused along with others also tried to hold a health worker captive, but he managed to escape.

An FIR has been lodged at the Partapur police station regarding the matter.

“We are trying to identify others involved in the incident. More arrests are likely,” Additional SP K K Bishnoi, also acting in-charge of Partapur police station told The Indian Express.

According to the FIR, a team of health workers led by Dr Manish Kumar reached Meerut’s Mohiddinpur locality to get 30-year-old Covid-19 positive Sukhbir Singh admitted to a government hospital. Sukhbir’s mother, Amat Kaur (58), had died of Covid-19 on December 2.

“Our team was outnumbered by locals and the family members. They started pelting our personnel with stone and chased them away. One of our team members was even held captive by the mob but he managed to escape later. I have informed our senior officials about the incident,” Meerut Chief Medical Officer Dr. Akhilsh Mohan told The Indian Express.

A similar incident took place in Meerut’s Kankarkheda locality 10 days ago, however, no police complaint was logged in the matter.

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