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UP doctors’ strike: 24 medicos refuse to leave jail, more resign

A protest march in Lucknow, Tuesday. (PTI) A protest march in Lucknow, Tuesday. (PTI)
By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Posted: March 5, 2014 3:23 am | Updated: March 5, 2014 8:58 am

The ongoing strike that has crippled medical services in Uttar Pradesh intensified Tuesday with nearly 275 junior doctors resigning in Agra to protest against the attack on their colleagues in Kanpur even as 24 medicos who were granted bail Monday refused to come out of the jail while late evening talks between the government and the doctors failed.

The 24 medicos of GSVM College Kanpur refused to sign the personal bond, which is mandatory for an inmate before he is released, confirmed Kanpur district jail superintendent P D Salonia. The students reportedly said they will sign the bond only if Dr Arti Lal Chandani, the IMA kanpur chief and head of department of medicine, GSV Medical College, tells them to.

Salonia said they have informed the concerned local court about the status.

When contacted, Chandani said, till demands of the doctors are met, the students will not come out of jail.

In the evening, doctors from GSVM Kanpur, KGMU Lucknow and IMA Lucknow chapter met Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

A government spokesperson claimed the doctors promised to call off the strike.

However, Chandani, said the strike will go on as the issue has not been resolved. Dr Aditya Patel, president of KGMU Resident Doctors’ Association said there was no clarity in the CM’s assurance on their demands of initiating action against Kanpur SSP YashasviYadav and SP MLA Irfan Solanki, and also about withdrawal of cases against the 24 students. Services in medical colleges remained paralysed for the fifth day. In Lucknow, doctors staged a rally from KGMU to Hazratganj.

A clash had broken out on Friday between Solanki’s supporters and junior doctors of GSVM college, after a collision between the MLA’s car and a motorbike. The police had resorted to lathicharge to disperse the crowd, in which several people, including the MLA, was injured. The police later raided the college hostel and arrested 36 medicos. They also allegedly broke laptops and caned students.

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