A government spokesperson said that as a minimum 30 doctors posted at the civil hospital in tribal Bodo, dominated western district of Kokrajhar fled masse after mysterious militants slapped extortion demands over the telephone.
A doctor, who was among those who fled Kokrajhar, told that “Over the last one week, almost all the doctors have received telephone calls asking them to pay Rs.100,000 each or else face dire consequences. Fearing for our lives, we decided to leave Kokrajhar for our safety or else who knows we might be killed.”
At least, five doctors working at the civil hospital in the Gossaigaon sub-division, they are also fleeing the area following related extortion demands.
Authorities assured personal security guards to each of the doctors, although they refused to stay put fearing for their lives.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi told, “We have hired some retired doctors and a few specialists from Guwahati Medical College has been drafted to deal with the situation. We are trying our best to deal with the situation.”
Police are clueless yet concerning which militant group was involved in threatening the doctors to pay Rs.100,000 each.