Guwahati: Dispur police arrested GNRC doctor Navanil Baruah on Sunday for providing a “questionable” medical report to the main hit-and-run accused Rajkanya Baruah.
Rajkanya Baruah, who ran over eight disabled workers and a pedestrian on October 2 around 2 a.m., allegedly under the influence of alcohol.
She was released on bail within 24 hours and was admitted to the GNRC Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after police summoned her again after interference from Assam’s Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, for a new investigation.
Rajkanya Baruah did not report to the police station due to his poor health. After a six-member team from Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) doctors found Baruah in good condition after re-examining her, she was arrested at the ICU herself.
This sparked outrage among the public, already enraged by the Rajkanya Baruah crash, across the state and they also called for an investigation of the GNRC authorities.
Police today arrested GNRC doctor Navanil Baruah, who was in charge of Rajkanya Baruah’s treatment, for providing false reports on Rajkanya Baruah’s health.
Dr Baruah was questioned for three days by the Dispur police and on the very first day he denied knowing Rajkanya Baruah and testified in the media that he had not committed any crime and was not involved in control of Rajkanya Baruah in intensive care.
During the investigation, Dr Baruah mentioned Assam’s name DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta and said he spoke with DGP Mahanta for 11 minutes about Rajkanya Baruah’s problem before recording him in intensive care.
DGP Mahanta then had to invite the press to clarify Baruah’s allegations and also accepted the failings of some lower-ranking police members as a result of which the accused was released on bail within 24 hours of the accident.