Calcutta doctors threaten protest
A team of junior doctors met the director-general of Bengal police on Saturday and alleged no action had been taken in at least 60 cases of assault on doctors across Bengal since their week-long strike in June.
The doctors told the top cop, Virendra, at Bhabani Bhavan that they would hit the streets if no action was taken by July 31.
The delegation told the police that the junior doctors’ movement would have no significance if those who were involved in attacks on them were not arrested.
“The five persons who were arrested for assaulting Paribaha Mukhopadhayay, an intern, at the NRS Medical College and Hospital on June 10 are not the real culprits. Even the ones arrested have been released on bail,” said a junior doctor who was part of the eight-member team that called on Virendra.
“There is still no probe in the attack on doctors at the Burdwan Medical College and Hospital on June 12. The FIR in the case is said to be missing.”
Police sources said Virendra assured the junior doctors that he would personally oversee the probe into the alleged assault at the Burdwan medical college and hospital.
As for the NRS case, the junior doctors were told that more people would be arrested soon.
The attack at NRS prompted junior doctors across medical colleges to go on a strike. The ceasework was lifted after chief minister Mamata Banerjee met junior doctors at Nabanna on June 17 and assured them that their grievances would be looked into.
The primary demand of the agitating doctors was that the government must ensure their security at hospitals.
Since then a team of representatives of the Calcutta police and the health department visited the medical colleges in Calcutta and discussed measures to regulate entry of people with patients and strengthen security on the campuses.
After the exercise was over, junior doctors were invited to a meeting with the police and health department officials at Swasthya Bhavan in June. At the meeting, the doctors had demanded that the accused in the NRS case be slapped with stricter charges.
The police later slapped IPC Section 307 (attempt to murder) on the accused.
Saturday’s meeting — which was attended by Debasish Bhattacharya, the director of medical education — was the second between junior doctors and representatives of the police and the health department.
Police sources said junior doctors were planning to organise a rally on July 30 demanding action against the accused in at least 60 cases of assault on doctors across the state.
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