The striking students of all the three government teaching hospitals of the State on Wednesday preferred to approach the Orissa High Court which is seized of a PIL seeking restoration of normalcy in the three medical colleges.
As the PIL was mentioned for adjudication on the day for the urgency of the matter, the striking medical college students who had filed separate petitions in the High Court preferred to become interveners in the case.
The division Bench of Chief Justice V. Gopala Gowda and Justice B.N. Mohapatra allowed the prayers of the students and ordered that the matters should be tagged and would be jointly heard on Thursday afternoon.
While the medical students and junior doctors of VSS Medical College and Hospital of Burla filed two separate petitions, the striking doctors of MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur and SCB Medical College and Hospital here filed their separate petitions.
The prayers of the striking doctors are almost similar except the Burla students who among other prayers have urged the High Court to direct the State government to book the local BJD leader Sisir Dandia under National Security Act (NSA) provisions as he is the ‘main culprit' creating all the nuisance on the hospital campus.
However, the PIL filed by advocate Gadadhar Sahu on behalf of a social organisation has urged the High Court to ensure normalcy is restored in all the hospitals by declaring the strike by the medical students as ‘illegal'
Mr. Sahu in his petition has mentioned that poor patients, particularly children and women, are facing untold miseries due to the indefinite strike by junior doctors in the medical college and hospitals.
Meanwhile, the condition of four students of SCB Medical College and Hospital who have launched hunger strike on the campus on Tuesday was stated to be deteriorating on Thursday.