By Imna Longchar, TFM Nagaland Correspondent
National People’s Youth Front (NPYF), Meghalaya, a youth wing of the National People’s Party (NPP), on Tuesday met Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, in Kohima, and submitted a memorandum to initiate stringent action under appropriate Sections of the IPC against the accused responsible for the “unnatural death” of Rosy Sangma, an Air Hostess, and her nephew, Samuel Sangma, both residents of
Nagaland who reportedly died of “medical negligence and foul play” at ALFAA Healthcare Hospital, Gurugram, Haryana, on June 24 and 25 respectively last year.
According to the memorandum signed by NPYF Meghalaya state unit working president, Dabo M Marak, the meeting was connected to the findings of the preliminary inquiry conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the matter of the unfortunate death of Rosy Sangma, and her nephew, Samuel Sangma, on June 24 and 25, 2021 respectively and which occurred while late Rosy Sangma was under the care of the doctors at ALPHAA Hospital, Sector 10, Gurugram, Haryana.
Stating that on the fervent requests of the Meghalaya chief minister, Conrad Sangma, and Member of Parliament from Tura, Agatha Sangma, the Home Ministry, had directed the CBI to investigate the “mysterious deaths”, Marak informed that following the directions of the Home ministry, the CBI had carried out a preliminary inquiry and had registered an FIR.
He said it was reliably learnt from various news reports from leading national and local dailies that the inquiry conducted by the CBI and the findings thereof reveal that the death of Rosy Sangma was caused due to the negligence on part of the treating doctors at the Alphaa Hospital, Gurugram, thereby these reports indicating that the specific finding in the preliminary inquiry report of the CBI indicates that late Rosy Sangma had suffered pain in both hands and right legs with 8-10 episodes of loose motions and heavy menstrual bleeding on June 23, 2021, as a consequence she was brought by her two brothers and nephew Samuel Sangma to Alphaa Healthcare Hospital, Sector-10, Basai Road, Gurugram, Haryana, around 6 am on June 24.
However, Rosy Sangma did not receive the necessary care and rather was subjected to negligent conduct by the treating doctors which resulted in her death and followed by the “mysterious death” of her nephew. The reports also indicated that based on the preliminary inquiry, the CBI was proceeding to register a case under Section 304-A of the IPC which concerns the death due to negligence.
A unanimous demand from the CBI that the guilty persons who be not only booked under Section 304-A of the IPC but also be booked for offence under Section 302 concerning murder and Sections 337 and 338 for causing hurt and causing grievous hurt respectively, the memo also mentioned that there was a sufficient material to indicate that the death was homicidal in nature, in as much as the patient upon her admission to hospital did not indicate any such problem that would result in her death.
She was even otherwise not suffering from any underlying illness which would have resulted in her death, stated in the memorandum.
In the memorandum, it was also mentioned that it was clear that a person suffering from a routine illness could not have died but for “gross” or “reckless” negligent conduct by the treating doctors at the same time added that the doctors acted rashly with knowledge of the fact that their actions were of such a nature that injury or death of patient was most likely imminent.
The memorandum also read that stated that by not pursuing the case against the treating doctors and the hospital under more stringent provisions of law, a wrong message would be sent to the society at large and justice would not be served to the grieving members of the family of the deceased. Furthermore, the death of Samuel Sangma, close on the heels of the death of Rosy Sangma was also a fact
which cannot be overlooked and must be duly considered by the CBI in order to effectively proceed against the perpetrators of the heinous crime against the deceased persons.
It also stated that the Youth Forum has been routinely pursuing the cause of students and residents of the Northeast India who are often subject to ill-treatment and discrimination and that the case of Rosy Sangma, and her nephew Samuel Sangma, has shocked the collective conscience of the people from the region who are hopeful of strict and stringent action against the perpetrators, particularly in view of
the involvement of a premier agency such as the CBI.
The NPYF Meghalaya State unit hoped that its humble request shall receive the consideration it warrants and appropriate steps would be taken by drawing up charges under Section 302 of the IPC concerning murder and Sections 337 and 338 for causing hurt and causing grievous hurt respectively against the accused persons and justice be delivered.
Meanwhile, the Meghalaya NPYF team en-route to Shillong convened a hurried press conference at Sky View Restaurant, Hotel Grand Tizu, Circular Road, Dimapur, to enlighten about their visit to the state and meeting the chief minister, Neiphiu Rio.
Briefing the media persons, MDC Garo Hills Autonomous District Council, Aldo A Sangma, said that the team called on the Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio so that from his end also, he could take up the case earnestly while also submitting the memorandum which highlights how the CBI investigation has revealed wrong doings on the part of the Alphaa Healthcare Hospital, Gurugram, Haryana.
Informing that outcome of the meet with Rio was very positive, Aldo said that Rio has given assurance to the visiting team that he would write to the union home ministry very soon to pursue the case and that justice be delivered to the victims. “We all know CBI investigation is going on as of now but justice is yet to be made. We came to appeal the chief minister of Nagaland and we appreciate the government of Nagaland and all the people of Nagaland, and media who have all been supportive in the case right from the beginning,” said Aldo.
He also further appealed all the people of Nagaland and from other parts of the northeastern states to take up the issue seriously so that justice for late Rosy Sangma and late Samuel Sangma is delivered.
NPP Nagaland State president, Dr Andrew Ahoto Sema, while also briefing the media persons said that the team was here as NPP stands for “one voice, one northeast” and that the team has submitted the representation so that so that the death of the two north eastern persons under mysterious circumstances shouldn’t go in vain.
Stating that the death could be due to negligence or there might be a “foul play”, supporting each other is the need of the hour though the two deceased belonged to Garo community, a minority community in Nagaland.
“We need to stand in solidarity and in unison, as one strength, as one voice, as one northeast, and support one another not taking any political colour,” Dr Ahoto said while adding that one day through standing united, such kind of “foul play” or any kind of mishap on negligence would henceforth would not take place in future.