LUCKNOW: Several doctors were injured in a clash with a group of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) jawans in the Allahabad-bound Meerut Nauchandi Express train near Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, leading to strike by the medicos in many medical colleges across the State.

Trouble started when a group of doctors, returning from Meerut after the PG Medical Entrance Examination, asked the PAC jawans to vacate the reserved seats in the sleeper compartment of the train on Sunday night. The PAC personnel, however, refused to vacate the S-3 coach and instead allegedly beat up the doctors and some passengers, the sources said.

When the train reached Moradabad, more PAC personnel joined their colleagues and both the sides virtually fought a pitched battle in the running train, they added. Several doctors suffered injuries, the sources said

Lalu's demands

K. Balchand reports from Patna: Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Monday demanded the dismissal of the PAC jawans, who allegedly belaboured the doctors.