Around 4,000 resident doctors from across the state observed ‘Black Day’ on Wednesday in protest against the ‘high-handedness’ of the police after a clash broke out at GSV Medical College in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, between medical students and supporters of Samajwadi Party MLA Irfan Solanki on February 28.
“If our demands are not addressed in two days, doctors in Maharashtra will join the strike with the UP medical fraternity,” said Dr Santosh Wakchaure, president of Medical Association of Resident Doctors (MARD).
On Wednesday, the Allahabad High Court took a suo motu decision to order a judicial probe into the incident that led to lathi charge, along with issuing orders to transfer Kanpur Senior Superintendent of Police Yashaswi Yadav.
MARD’s demands, which are similar to those of doctors in UP, are that all the 24 junior doctors arrested after the incident must be released and all charges against them must be dropped. “These doctors have been falsely charged with possession of drugs in their hostel rooms. In our demands, we have asked for suspension of Yashaswi Yadav and an action against MLA Irfan Solanki,” Wakchaure said.
On Wednesday, resident doctors working in civic and state-run hospitals in the state wore a black band. The protest would continue indefinitely until action is taken, MARD said.