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Doc-cop clash sparks strike

Junior doctors of Patna Medical College and Hospital have set a 24-hour deadline for the institution to take action against the police officers who allegedly thrashed them on Monday.

The doctors claimed that the policemen beat them up at the hospital after a scuffle over a trivial issue. The junior doctors went on a strike soon after the incident, which occurred around 12.30pm.

None of them worked for around five hours but later the junior doctors resumed work after a meeting was conducted with the college administration. In the meeting, they sought action against the police officers concerned.

Patients arriving at the hospital were a harried lot. Many were scared to see the fight between the police’s Special Task Force and junior doctors.

Rakesh Kumar, the president of Junior Doctors’ Association, said they couldn’t be blamed for the scuffle.

“Around 12 members of the STF had come for blood test. They were standing outside Rajendra surgical block where the blood bank is. A postgraduate student of surgery was trying to take out his vehicle from the parking lot but he couldn’t because the STF members were blocking the parking lot. When the student asked them to vacate the place, they made it an issue and soon an argument followed between the doctor and the STF members. Some other junior doctors joined the argument after which the STF members left the hospital. There was no fight. We have asked the hospital administration to take action against the cops within 24 hours otherwise we would go on strike,” Rakesh said.

Sources, however, said the doctors and the STF members engaged in a fight. Initially, the STF members beat up the junior doctor. After which he called his friends from the hostel and all of them attacked the STF members. People from both sides received injuries.

Principal Amar Kant Jha Amar could not be contacted despite several attempts.


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