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Nearly 300 teachers of a GSV Medical College, Kanpur, resigned Monday even as junior doctors’ agitation against the arrest of their colleagues entered fourth day paralysing the medical services in Uttar Pradesh. The resignations came even as 24 medical students, who were sent to judicial custody Saturday on charges of rioting and loot, were granted bail and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav appealed to call off the agitation.
“The CCTV footage of whatever happened in Kanpur is available and will be probed. Officers have been asked to conduct a probe, meet representatives of both the sides and take action against those who were on the wrong side,” Akhilesh told reporters in Lucknow.
Stating that the government was of the view that the “strike should end”, the CM said: “It is my appeal to doctors that keeping aside their dispute they should execute their responsibilities and save human lives.”
Later in the evening, the CM told a delegation led by Union Minister of State for Rural Development Pradeep Jain that a fact-finding commission has been constituted under Kanpur Commissioner to look into the matter. “He assured us action would be taken against his party MLA (from Sisamau in Kanpur) Irfan Solanki if he or his supporters were found guilty,” said Congress spokesperson Surendra Rajput who was part of the delegation.
Meanwhile, the medical services, the OPD and emergency services across the state remained paralysed.
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The medicos were demanding that arrested students be released immediately and action initiated against police officers who had allegedly raided college hostels on Friday night.
“The students who were arrested have been granted bail. They will be released soon,” said Principal Secretary Medical Education, B S Bhullar. Kanpur Police spokesperson said bail was granted to all 24 students.
However, Dr Arti Lal Chandani, Head of the Department of Medicine, GSV Medical College and President of Kanpur Chapter of Indian Medical Association said, “The bail has no meaning because we demanded unconditional release of the student. We will continue the strike.”
Meanwhile, hospitals across the state bore the brunt of the strike. “Emergency facilities are functioning and we are trying to provide essential medical services to indoor patients. We are also trying to admit critical patients,” said Dr S N Sankhwar, Chief Medical Superintendent, King George Medical University and Associated Hospital, Lucknow. At Kanpur medical college, medical services were provided only to indoor patients.
Bhullar maintained they have restored basic emergency services. “We tried to restore OPD services in most colleges as well. In Kanpur, all medical emergency services were started Monday.”
The Principal Secretary said Director Medical Education K K Gupta and Special Secretary Arindam Bhattacharya went to Kanpur Monday to review the situation.