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U.P: Doctor's strike took 5 lives in Kanpur

Kanpur, Sat, 01 Mar 2014 NI Wire

As the doctors continued theirs strike that resulted into dead of five patients in Kanpur. Following the arrest of three dozens doctors on Friday night, who had clashed with a legislator's supporters, in protest of the arrests Doctors went on the strike on Saturday. The doctors had beaten up the lawmaker, police said on Saturday.

Following the incident Doctors at five hospitals went on strike and the services were paralyzed at the cancer, OPD and emergency wards.

After the death of five patients, leaders of the striking doctors said they would not yield and even mercilessly refused to sign the death certificates. They pitched in the demand over immediate release of their peers and accused the police of planting illegal weapons in their hostels and victimizing the junior doctors.

The stand-off erupted after a patient's attendant approached Samajwadi Party legislator Irfan Solanki to ask doctors to treat the patient.When the doctors did not pay heed to the recommendation, the legislator sent in his gunner to talk the doctors, but he too was not given an audience. Solanki thereby himself walked into the hospital and exchange of heat followed between them.

On being threatened, the doctors were alleged to have attacked the legislator and he sustained head injuries.

Media person gathered as the matter took a violent turn, after the incident Doctors and mediapersons were lathicharged by police. According to sources, over three dozens junior doctors were arrested in midnight raids at hostels which prompted the doctors to go on the strike.

Doctors of a medical college in Agra have also plunged into the agitation and have even threatened to go on strike. Doctors are also said to be in touch with their peers in different districts. A probe has been ordered to look into the matter.

(With Inputs from IANS)

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