MoS Hansraj Ahir to doctors absent at event: ‘Join the Naxals, will shoot you’

MoS Hansraj Ahir said: "These people (an apparent reference to the absentee doctors) don’t want democracy. So, they should join Naxals. Why do you stay here? Go there, then we will shoot you with bullets."

Written by Vivek Deshpande | Nagpur | Updated: December 26, 2017 11:32 am
Hansraj Ahir, Naxals MoS Hansraj Ahir made the controversial statements while inaugurating a medicine counter at the Chandrapur Government Hospital in Maharashtra. (File Photo)

Apparently upset over the absence of senior doctors at an inaugural function in Chandrapur, Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said on Monday that they “should join Naxals” and “we will then shoot you with bullets”. Ahir was speaking at the inauguration of a generic medicine counter at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Chandrapur. The district civil surgeon, Dr Uday Nawade, and dean of the medical college, Dr S S More, were not present at the event.

Speaking in Marathi, Ahir said, “What do the Naxals want? They don’t want democracy. I handle the home ministry, so I know it. These people (referring to the senior doctors) don’t want democracy. So they should join Naxals. Why do you stay here? Go there, then we will shoot you with bullets. Why do you give tablets here? How justified is it to remain absent when I am coming to the hospital.”

When contacted, Ahir said, “I am going to tweet about it in a while. So just wait.”

According to sources, the programme was organised by GMCH, Chandrapur, on the occasion of former Prime Minister A B Vajpayee’s birthday. However, sources added that no official invitations were sent.

When contacted, Dr Nawade told The Indian Express, “I proceeded on leave on December 23 for personal reasons, and will join on December 26. I received the message about this programme late on Sunday evening. I don’t have anything else to say.”

He added that he had sent his leave application to Deputy Director of Health Services (Nagpur division) Sanjay Jaiswal.

But Jaiswal, when contacted, said: “I don’t have any notice from Nawade about his leave. I will inquire into the matter and take appropriate action. Ideally, he should have remained present at the minister’s programme.”

Dr More too said he was “on leave from December 23 to 31”. He added that his deputy and acting dean, Dr M J Khan, was present at the function on Monday. Asked when the programme was finalised, Dr More said, “it was about 15 days ago”. Asked why official invitations were not sent to all concerned, Dr More replied, “please talk to the acting dean.”

When contacted, Khan said that “the programme was organised under the Union Health Ministry’s AMRIT Deendayal programme for setting up generic medical stores across the country.”

Meanwhile, Collector Ashutosh Salil, who also did not attend the function, said he did not receive a “formal invite” for the programme. “I got a WhatsApp message this morning. Normally, when there is a programme of a minister, the Collector has to get a formal invite,” he said.

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  1. Anirban Ghoshal
    Dec 27, 2017 at 7:44 pm
    What an abominable, vindictive , demagogue this guy is. He will conflate anyone or everyone , with Maoists who doesn't toe his line. And there are sycophants, who will let them, do away with this circus of democracy. s...
    1. Sanjay Panda
      Dec 26, 2017 at 11:03 pm
      Tu aa gaya to kya teri aarti utaarte Doctor? Ahir ka matlab "gwaala" hota hai na? Teri bhaasha se hi pata chalta hai ki tu sirf gai charaane laayak hai
      1. Raju Menon
        Dec 27, 2017 at 3:12 am
        Aahir must have made these comments based on some senior doctor/s' questionable association. I would be cautious to criticize Aahir because he may better informed due to his superior role in govt than you do. Many doctors in Maharastra are sympathizers of Naxals. Personally there is nothing wrong what Aahir has said because India has suffered a lot due to Naxals and Commies.
        1. Shivaji Chalak
          Dec 27, 2017 at 9:28 am
          I think you are mentally sick person Mr Raju..............bcos no one has right to say that he can shoot innocent doctors, who can take a leave if required. Moreover... first corrupt politicians should be shot instead of doctors.
      2. DrRajib Kumar Sarmah
        Dec 26, 2017 at 4:30 pm
        Is he a minister or a cowboy ?
        1. Raju Menon
          Dec 27, 2017 at 3:14 am
          Not a cowboy but certainly he has cowboy type of at ude. India certainly needs cowboy type of at ude to take care of Naxals and commies.
        2. Ashok Dhingra
          Dec 26, 2017 at 2:38 pm
          Will Venliah Naidu and Sumitra Mahajan follow suit in case MPs from Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha do not turn up .
          1. Shivaji Chalak
            Dec 27, 2017 at 9:33 am
            Very true , well said..Ashok........Please explain Mr Raju Menon who is comparing with ....and putting the innocent doctors in the catagory of Naxals...........He has forgotten that he was born with the help of a doctor who first took him in his hands and cleaned his body and nose to prevent aspirations...and death. etc..
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            Parth Garg
            Dec 26, 2017 at 1:46 pm
            Minister shooting from the hip.
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