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Tea garden hospital vandalised

By STAFF Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, July 4 � Irked by the sudden death of one Tuklu Bauri (42), a �sardar� of Borborooah TE allegedly due to the negligence of the garden doctor and the management, hundreds of workers including women vandalised the tea garden hospital by damaging doors and window panes on Wednesday night as also refraining from their work on Thursday.

Tuklu, a TB patient was referred to Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) on July 1 but the doctors at AMCH after examining and prescribing medicines reportedly asked the patient to go back to the TE hospital for undergoing treatment.

However, the garden doctor was found absent when Tuklu reached Borborooah. As Tuklu�s case began deteriorating on Wednesday evening, his family members wanted to rush him to AMCH again but the two old ambulances of the tea estate were not in a running condition. Nevertheless when the management arranged a vehicle late at night, Tuklu had breathed his last.

This incident enraged the tea garden workers who have been for long demanding improvement of medical facilities and other services from the TE management. They held a public meeting on Thursday at the garden school campus, where leaders of Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) and Assam Tea Tribes Students� Association of Assam condemned the callousness of the tea management. The workers demanded immediate sacking of the doctor in charge for reportedly failing to save Tuklu Bauri from tuberculosis. They also demanded that management pay Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the next of kin of the deceased and take up immediate revamp works of the hospital. Borborooah tea estate, some 12 kms from here is owned by Assam Company Limited.

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