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Assam Mob Lynching Case: 21 Suspects Detained for Beating Elderly Doctor to Death

© AP Photo / Gurinder OsanIndian police officers. (File)
Indian police officers. (File) - Sputnik International
New Delhi (Sputnik): Days after an elderly doctor was allegedly killed in the Indian tea state of Assam by a mob for not being present in a hospital when a critically ill woman needed his assistance, police on Monday say they have arrested 21 suspects in the case.

Dr Deben Dutta, 73, was allegedly beaten to death by a group of people at a tea estate in the State’s Jorhat district on 31 August, the Indian news agency ANI reported.

​The incident left people on social media shocked, evoking widespread condemnation.

​How unkind we are becoming as a society. Mob lynching, Hate and violence seem to be becoming the norm and people accept it as normal. There is no fear of the law. 

After the incident, a large number of doctors from the Assam Medical College and the Indian Medical Association (IMA) organising a candle-lit vigil over the incident on the weekend.

According to Dr Dipul Nath, one of the participants in the candlelight march, it is about protesting against the incident in Jorhat where "a senior colleague of ours was beaten to death by tea garden workers".

"We do save lives, but how can we be expected do so when our lives are under threat," he added.

Teok Tea Estate workers allegedly fatally thrashed Dr Dutta for his alleged absence in the hospital when the woman, identified as Sukra Majhi, needed his urgent medical attention. She died while receiving a saline infusion.

Police said it initiated an inquiry into the incident and they have been asked to submit a report to the court within a week.

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