Meerut: Local residents mistook a three-member team for administering polio drops as National Population Register (NPR) data collection team, the team was allegedly thrashed and held hostage. The incident has occurred at Lisari Gate locality on Saturday. However, two of them, including a staff nurse, managed to free themselves and complained to police.
Prashant Kapi lLisari Gate station officer said, “We have received the complaint from the medical team and we are in the process of filing an FIR against the culprits for stopping public servants from performing their duty. This is not the first time that such an incident has happened in the area.”
One of the victims Kabir Ahmad Khan, who is an officer of the immunization programme, said, “The incident occurred in Lakhipura locality of Lisari Gate area where a family opposed the administration of polio drops. As per rule, we have to enter the name of the non-consenting parents in the tally (yellow) register.
Khan said, “The NPR-NRC anxiety among them is obviously the main issue because one of the youths in the mob even told people not to reveal any details to us because he suspected we were the NPR data collectors. Ever since this issue came up, we have been facing very tough resistance from the local residents. But this time, they turned violent.”
The moment we asked their names, there was a strong protest and within no time, we were surrounded by a mob. We tried to explain to them the purpose of our visit. We even showed them the vaccine box and our IDs, but they didn’t listen to us and even manhandled one of our team members. They tore away the register and the local women even held hostage a woman staffer in our team. Later, senior staff along with the WHO field monitors also reached the spot and again tried to explain things to them.”