Docs, cops bodies refute NCSC demands

Cuttack: National Scheduled Caste Commission`s (NCSC) demand of arrest of errant policeman and doctors on charge of neglecting the dalit rape victim of Pipili, evoked sharp reaction from their associations.

Odisha State Medical Association (OMSA) and Odisha Police Association (OPA) condemned the observations and threatened to revolt in case the state government pays heed to the Commissions findings.

Reacting to the NCSC demand to arrest the tainted ex-Pipili police station inspector Amulya Champatray who has since been dismissed from service, the OPA said that no one should be held guilty before the enquiry of the investigating agencies are over.

"A judicial probe is already on, the crime branch police are investigating into the case and a departmental inquiry is also on against the officer. Until the findings of these agencies are out, how can someone be held guilty," OPA president Sawarmal Sharma said today.

Similarly, the OSMA too has reacted sharply to the observations made by the NCSC, saying an expert view is necessary to hold the doctors guilty of any charges of negligence. "It was unacceptable on the part of the Commission to give such statements to media," said Dr J P Biswal, a member of the OSMA to a private TV news channel while reacting to the demand of the NCSC chairman P L Punia.

The police and doctors associations reaction came in less than 24-hours after Punia sought arrest of the erring policeman and doctors in connection with the rape of a 19-year-old dalit girl of Pipili.