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Guntur Collector orders arrest of doctor for pointing out shortage of COVID beds

In a blatant disregard for rule of law, Guntur Collector Samuel Anand Kumar lost his cool and ordered the arrest of a doctor who raised the issue of shortage of beds for COVID-19 patients at a review meeting.In video that went viral, the Collector is heard saying, “What nonsense, how dare he call me. Arrest him immediately.”

The incident happened in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, during a review meeting being held at the Town Hall when Dr Somlu Naik, a Medical Officer working at Nandendla Primary Healthcare Centre, pointed out the shortage of beds.Kumar lost his cool and ordered Dr Naik’s suspension and arrest. The entire incident was caught on camera.Sources said that the Collector first contradicted the concern raised by Dr Naik by saying, “This was not true.” He asked if the concern was raised before the District Medical Health Officer (DMHO).

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