Meghalaya doctors demand security

Shillong, Oct 18 : Doctors serving in sensitive areas of Meghalaya today demanded security in their workplaces in view of the deteriorating law and order situation, specially in the militant-hit Garo Hills districts.

A letter to the effect was sent to the state government by Dr A Warr, general secretary of the Meghalaya Medical Services Association (MMSA) condemned the threats and assaults on doctors.

The demand followed threats by gun-toting militants to a lady doctor serving remote Mendipathar public health centre in Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills district last week. Official sources said two militants had gone to the health centre for a malaria test and they demanded that they be given the report in an hour's time bypassing other preliminary medical tests. When the doctor refused to do agree, they blank fired to threaten her.

The incident followed the assault and forcible whisking away of another doctor by security commandoes for his objection to their use of the health centre premises for parking their vehicles. DGP N Ramachandran had then held the doctor responsible for the incident and alleged that he was in an inebriated condition at the time.