The junior doctors strike at RG Kar Medical College and Hospital continued for the second day on Thursday. Most of the patients were referred to other hospitals as no junior doctors were on duty. Around 250 junior doctors called a strike on Wednesday after relatives of a patient gathered some local youths and beat up a junior doctor alleging that negligence on part of the doctor had led to the death of relative. The doctors convened a meeting with the medical superintendent and said that unless hospital authorities provide them with adequate security,they will continue their strike. Most of the operations had to be cancelled because of the strike. Chandrima Bhattacharya,minister of State (Health) said,We have requested them to withdraw their strike,but if the junior doctors do not withdraw their strike,strict action will be taken against them. Dr Parthajit Banerjee,medical superintendent of the hospital,said that police have been requested to look after the matter and arrest the accused who beat up the doctor. We have also assured them that proper police protection will be given to them if they withdraw their strike, he added.