Tough stand by the State Govt. pays dividend

LUCKNOW: Much to the relief of thousands of patients across Uttar Pradesh, junior doctors today called off their five-day-long strike in the seven state medical colleges.

A day after invoking Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) against erring doctors, the state government today further tightened the noose around medicos by suspending at least 25 of them and ordering vacating rooms at King George Medical University (KGMU) hostels.

Meanwhile, MBBS classes, had been suspended at KGMU for a week.

``We will reallocate the hostels to students after fresh screening,'' said DG Medical Services Kamal Sahni here. She said all outsiders staying at hostels would henceforth not be allowed.

The use of ESMA broke the agitation and the doctors were forced to return to duties this morning. The state government had set the 10 a.m. deadline today for students to report to duties.

In a related development, the KGMU Junior Doctors' Association issued a letter to the Vice-Chancellor, announcing its dissolution. ``Association president Devashish Shukla said he was dissolving the association,'' informed principal secretary (Home) Alok Sinha.

Doctors had struck work to protest the alleged attack by police recruits boarding Nauchandi Express on Sunday night.

The violence on the train had left many medicos seriously injured and triggered wide-ranging resentment in the medical fraternity. The medicos of all the UP medical colleges had proceeded on strike, crippling the medical services to a great deal.

The emergency and outdoor patients department had worn a deserted look for all these days when the junior doctors had abstained themselves from their duties.

The students of KGMU were already on warpath following the death of a second year MBBS student, Deepak Agarwal 10 days back.

Meanwhile, in a late night crackdown here, Dr K K Singh, associate professor of KGMU was arrested for provoking the students for torching adminstrative office on January 12.

An FIR had also been registered against six students, including a resident doctor for ransacking the administrative office that day. - UNI.