'Non-cooperation' by junior docs delaying probe into NRS row

Kolkata: The investigation into the NRS Medical College and Hospital incident in which some junior doctors sustained injuries, is getting delayed due to non-cooperation by a section of junior doctors at the hospital.

According to sources, it has been learnt that four junior doctors are reluctant to cooperate with the police in connection with the case and have failed to turn up for interrogation.

As a result, the investigating officers have been unable to record the statements of the four who were eyewitnesses to the entire incident of violence that took place at NRS Medical College and Hospital last month, following the death of an elderly patient.

The family members and relatives of the patient went on a rampage, beating up the junior doctors alleging medical negligence. Two junior doctors received severe injuries in the incident.

Police are yet to record the statements of the victim junior doctors, who have now recovered.

According to the police,

the doctors who sustained injuries during the incident have not been responding to their calls for recording their statements.

The junior doctors, who led a strike in the hospital following the incident and later lifted it after the intervention of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, are however, not ready to call it non-cooperation.

They claimed that the junior doctors are cooperating with the police officers. The victim doctors are yet to recover from the trauma they had undergone and hence it would take them some time to give their statements before the investigating officers, some junior doctors said.

On the other hand, one of the four junior doctors who witnessed the violence and whose statements the police are seeking, reportedly said that he would turn up only after consulting his lawyer.

As a resulting delay in recording the statements, the police have been unable to file a chargesheet in connection with the NRS incident.

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