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Diamond Harbour: A block medical officer of health (BMOH) was today thrashed publicly with shoes by some community health workers over his alleged lewd behaviour with them.

A BMOH happens to be a qualified doctor but instead of practicing, oversees the health administration in all hospitals in a given block.

The incident has taken place at Basanti in South 24-Parganas district where Ramkrishna Ghosh is posted as the BMOH.

According to some accredited social health activist (ASHA) workers appointed by the state government at Basanti block, BMOH Ghosh has been in the habit making lewd proposals to them.

Despite the ASHA workers rejecting his overtures, Ghosh kept on harassing them by misusing his post. Although he already has a family, he even secretly married an ASHA worker serving at Basanti.

Trouble began today after the ASHA worker disclosed the matter to her colleagues. She told them after having multiple physical encounters with her Ghosh is now denying the marriage.

Peeved at this, some of the ASHA workers ganged up today and dragged out BMOH Ghosh from his chamber located on the premises of Basanti block hospital.

They then, in turn, thrashed him with their shoes even as people looked on.

On learning about this, a team from Basanti police station arrived subsequently and rescued the BMOH.

Police have detained two ASHA workers, including the one whom Ghosh had allegedly married, for questioning.