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VSS students continue strike

Sambalpur, July 15: Health services in Veer Surendra Sai Medical College and Hospital here was almost paralysed as its postgraduate students and house surgeons today resorted to ceasework to protest against the incident in which a student was manhandled by the ruling BJD leaders.

The medical college’s undergraduate students also boycotted classes to express solidarity with their seniors.

On Wednesday, a medical student was manhandled by a Biju Janata Dal leader, a vice-chairman of the Burla N.A.C. and a local resident. Following this, the students had also attacked the three persons and had declared ‘no work’ on the same day.

Local leaders, however, had observed a bandh on Thursday demanding action against the students who attacked them. The district collector and superintendent of police had discussed the matter with both the public and students on Wednesday to resolve the crisis.

However, the discussion with the students has failed and they continued with their ceasework. “We have placed our demands before the government. We want our problems to be solved first. On several occasions, we had approached the district administration which had given assurances, but had done nothing tangible. This time, we want a representative of the chief minister to come here and discuss our grievances with us,” said Premraj Debta, president of Junior Doctors’ Association in V.S.S. medical college, Burla.

“We have been asking for a single campus with proper security. We also want the government to ensure that all necessary equipment were given to the medical college. We don’t want patients to suffer for our agitation. But, we have no option but to resort to this to let our voices be heard. The government must respond to our demands so that health service in the hospital can be restored soon. The three persons who had attacked the postgraduate students should give written undertakings that they would never indulge in any such activity in future,” he said.

Guna Sagar Das, superintendent of V.S.S. Medical College and Hospital, said: “The agitation has affected health service in the hospital. They are our helping hands. Now we are left wit no option but to manage with the regular staff only.”

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