Coronavirus Tamil Nadu: Police Commissioner warns detention under Goondas Act in doctor’s burial case

ST Staff
Tuesday, 21 April 2020

After reports of local residents indulging in riots, objecting to the burial of a doctor, who died after testing positive for COVID-19 drew flak from various quarters, the Chennai police Commissioner has warned invocation of Goondas Act against those who indulge in such acts.

Chennai: After reports of local residents indulging in riots, objecting to the burial of a doctor, who died after testing positive for COVID-19 drew flak from various quarters, the Chennai police Commissioner has warned invocation of Goondas Act against those who indulge in such acts.

In a heartlessness act, two separate groups of people in the central part of Chennai objected and indulged in riots and violence when hospital staff and a couple of doctors brought the body of a 55-year-old Neurosurgeon who died of COVID-19 for burial.

The doctor, who was heading a private clinic, was undergoing treatment at a corporate hospital after he was tested positive for COVID-19 and died on Sunday night failing to respond to the treatment. 

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Hospital staff and the doctor’s colleagues initially took the body to a burial ground at Kilpauk but forced to return with the body after a mob of more than 100 people objected to burying the body in their area. They apprehended that they might contract COVID-19 virus if the body was buried there.

Later, the hospital staff and doctors took the body to another burial ground at Anna Nagar at the early hours of Monday only to face the wrath of the local mob. The mob, in a shocking and heartlessness act, attacked the hospital staff and doctors and smashed the windscreens of the ambulance after pelting stones.

The hospital staff could finally bury the body after police intervention. Still, the act of local people in the two places drew widespread condemnation. Doctors’ bodies and Leaders of various political parties condemned the incident and demanded action against those involved in violence. It was a matter of regret and concern that people denied a decent burial to the doctor, who treated COVID-19 positive cases, risking his life. It was regrettable the incident has taken place at a place, where people hailed Doctors as God, they said.

The Chennai police booked as many as 120 people in connection with the two incidents and arrested more than 20 people, including a woman on charges of riots and attempt to murder. As the Madras High Court has suo motu took up the case for hearing, City Police Commissioner A K Viswanathan warned that those indulging in such acts in future would be detained under the Goondas Act. 

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