JORHAT, Sept 5 - The investigation under way in the Teok Tea Estate doctor lynching case will be completed soon and the charge sheet will be submitted to the court well before 90 days from the date of arrest of the accused persons, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Eastern Range) GV Siva Prasad has said.
The brutal attack on Dr Deben Dutta by a large mob reportedly comprising workers of the estate on August 31 at the garden hospital that led to his death has led to a public outcry, and statewide protests by the doctor fraternity demanding stern punishment to those involved in the incident.
DIG Prasad, who is supervising the investigation, told media persons at the Jorhat SP�s office on Wednesday night that the probe was progressing well and the persons involved in the incident were promptly identified and subsequently arrested after proper interrogation.
It may be mentioned here that on Thursday, with two more persons being produced before the court of Additional CJM, Jorhat, which sent them to judicial custody, the total number of people arrested and sent to custody till date in the case is 32.
On Wednesday evening, the DIG had said that 31 persons have been arrested, and 30 of them sent to judicial custody.
The DIG said that police have been able to collect all necessary evidence to nail the accused and get them convicted by the court. �We have sufficient evidence to make a watertight case and submit the charge sheet in court much before the 90-day period (from the day of arrest of an accused) to see that the accused cannot come out on bail,� Prasad stated.
The DIG said that going by the quality of work done in carrying out the investigation and initiating legal action against the accused, stern punishment could be expected to be meted out to the guilty.
It may be mentioned here that accused have been booked under Sections 302, 341, 342, 427, 506, 143, 144, 147, 148, 149, 186 of the IPC along with Section 4 of the Assam Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions ( Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property) Act ,2011 in the Teok Police Station case number 434/2019. The FIR regarding the incident was lodged at the police station by the management of the garden.
Replying to a question, Prasad said that the investigation in the case was also looking into the angles of abetment and conspiracy committed in the incident.
The senior police official also said that police responded immediately after getting information about the doctor being attacked and reached the spot at the earliest.
�Under the circumstances that prevailed at the garden hospital when the incident occurred, the police team did whatever action was required to be done to rescue the doctor at the earliest and take him out to provide medical treatment,� Prasad said.
It may be mentioned here that the government has announced setting up of a fast-track court to conduct the trial.