Medical services remained paralysed in the state as junior resident doctors continued their strike Sunday following failed negotiations between administration and doctors of GSV Medical College Kanpur. The 24 arrested undergraduate medical students of the medical college were, meanwhile, sent to jail after produced before the court Saturday evening.
The doctors are protesting against the alleged cane charge and the police action on students of the medical college Friday after a brawl between the medical students and local Samajwadi Party MLA Irfan Solanki. The MLA and some medical students had sustained injuries in the clash.
Three FIRs were lodged against 24 medical students and several others in the case under various IPC sections, including charges of rioting, attempt to murder and loot. Kanpur Range DIG RK Chaturvedi said, “We had offered for bail of the students from the police station, but the university administration did not agree to it. All 24 have been sent to judicial custody after they were produced before the court Saturday evening.”
“The doctors are still on strike. Administration representatives have assured us that the arrested students will be released by Monday. The college administration has given a complaint Sunday evening against MLA Irfan Solanki and SSP Yashashvi Yadav at Swaroopnagar police station, but no FIR has been lodged so far,” said Dr Sanjay Kala, Proctor, GSV Medical College. The proctor said that the college administration might approach the court if FIR is not lodged in 24 hours.
Meanwhile, medical services remained paralysed in Kanpur, Lucknow, Agra, Meerut, Jhansi and Allahabad, apart from other towns, where junior and senior resident doctors as well as undergraduate students remained on strike.
“While junior resident doctors remained on strike in several places, the faculty members of all the medical colleges are on duty, providing essential medical services to the patients so that the public does not face problems,” Balwinder Singh Bhullar, Principal Secretary, Medical Education told The Indian Express.
“Even in Kanpur, the university administration has allotted duties to faculty members and essential medical services have been restored. We are in touch with all the medical colleges and are trying to resolve the situation at Kanpur.”
Strike also continued in KGMU Lucknow, as undergraduate and junior resident doctors protested. Representatives of doctors also went to meet Health Minister Ahmad Hasan on the issue, but did not get positive assurance, said Ashish Kumar Singh, a second year MBBS student at KGMU, who sat on protest. “Some of the services like emergency services at Trauma Centre and Queen’s Mary hospital as well as operation theatre services were provided today, but from Monday, if the matter is not resolved, we will continue the strike and even close the OPD services,” said Singh.