Madhya Pradesh healthcare workers and civic officials were attacked by a mob of angry locals in an Indore neighbourhood on Wednesday, as they visited the area to screen residents for signs of novel coronavirus infection.
Two women doctors were injured in the attack and had to be rescued by police. The shocking attack came two days after locals from the Ranipura area of the city allegedly spat at officials and abused them during screening procedures.
In a disturbing video of the attack, two healthcare workers dressed in light blue PPE (personal protective equipment) suits can be seen running from a small group of locals who are throwing stones and what appears to be a large piece of plastic at them.
Stones pelted on health department officials at Taat Patti in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Two women doctors got injured and had to be rescued by police. #MPFightsCorona #MadhyaPradesh #Indorelockdown pic.twitter.com/we3yI0iM9C
— Nirupam Banerjee (@nirupamban) April 2, 2020
As the minute-long video plays out, the small group of locals becomes a mob of around 100 angry residents shouting abuses, throwing sticks and stones and chasing them down the narrow lane.
At least two confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection have been reported from the Taat Patti Bakhal of Indore, one of two COVID-19 hotspots in the city, and as many as 54 families have been isolated amid heavy resistance from locals.
Indore has 76 per cent of all coronavirus reported from Madhya Pradesh so far. The state has 93 active cases with seven deaths linked to the virus. The seventh, a 65-year-old woman, was reported by a news agency and is yet to be confirmed by the Health Ministry.