Four Railway Police men suspended; Mulayam orders probe into midnight trouble

LUCKNOW: Doctors at several medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh went on a strike on Monday after some of their colleagues were injured in a clash with police recruits over reservation of seats and alleged misbehaviour with girls aboard a running train near Moradabad.

Four Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel have been suspended and Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav has ordered an inquiry into the incident, which would be conducted by Moradabad District Collector K. S. Atoria.

``Action will be taken against those found guilty after the probe is complete,'' he told reporters here.

At least nine doctors and eight police recruits suffered injuries and had been admitted to hospitals in Meerut and Moradabad, a State Home Department spokesman said.

One recruit, who was allegedly thrown out of the by the doctors, was found lying injured near Amroha, he said.

Movement of trains on the Lucknow-Delhi section was badly hit and long-distance trains like Lucknow Mail and Shaheed Express were held up for hours. The services were later restored, Northern Railway officials said, though according to other reports normalcy was yet to be restored.

The trouble started after the recruits, who had allegedly occupied reserved seats in S-3 compartment of the Allahabad-bound Nauchandi Express, refused to vacate when asked to do so by the doctors.

The doctors were returning to Allahabad and other places after appearing in the Post-Graduate Medical Entrance Examination in Meerut and alleged that the recruits also misbehaved with some girls.

According to UNI, train services on the busy Delhi-Lucknow route had been paralysed since midnight on Sunday following the clash between the doctors and Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) jawans. According to the FIR lodged with the Rampur GRP, it was alleged that the PAC jawans misbehaved with lady doctors on board the Nauchandi Express bound for Allahabad via Lucknow.

The doctors squatted on the railway track near Rampur after they allegedly found five of their colleagues missing following the clash.

They suspected that some doctors had been pushed out of the running train by policemen.

According to one report, altogether eight people were injured in the clash, the majority of them doctors. They were admitted to the government hospital at Rampur.

At least 18 pairs of long-distance trains including Lucknow Mail, Nauchandi Express and Amritsar Mail were held up at different stations since 1 a.m. Most of the trains on the route were delayed for more than eight hours due to the incident. - PTI/ UNI.

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