The nurses' strike at Lakeshore Hospital demanding reinstatement of dismissed nurses intensified with the Janakeeya Samara Samithy on Tuesday supporting their cause. A large number of nurses are taking part in the second strike that started on March 12.

P. S. Shyla, former president of district panchayat, inaugurated the march that started from the Netoor market area to the hospital gates, where the nurses were holding their protest sit-in.

Further action will be considered on Friday if conciliatory talks are not called by then.T. K. Devarajan, the municipal chairman of Maradu municipal council, said that efforts would be taken to end the strike at the hospital.

Sudeep Krishnan, secretary of the United Nurses Association, said that the protests were generally peaceful. The management at Lakeshore had maintained that the issue of employing trainees and probationers were a matter of the management's discretion and were not part of the terms of the agreement to end the earlier strike.

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