A delegation of the PCMS Association, Gurdaspur, led by its president Dr Gurpreet Singh, met deputy commissioner Abhinav Trikha in his office here on Wednesday, demanding strict action against those who had assaulted Dr Harpal Singh while he was on emergency duty at the community health centre (CHC) in Kalanaur on March 11.
The delegation demanded that all the 20 accused be arrested within 24 hours or all the members of the association would go on an indefinite strike, for which the government would be responsible. The delegation told the DC that the police had arrested only three of the 20 assailants. The doctors said that two of the alleged assailants were sons of a local BJP leader, Surinder Viz, who wielded influence over the police.
Dr Gurpreet Singh said that some of the miscreants threatened and abused Dr Harpal Singh on the phone and others manhandled and misbehaved with him. He said that if the administration failed to deal firmly with the assailants, it would not be possible for doctors and paramedical staff to perform their duties.
The incident had taken place after Dr Harpal Singh refused to accompany some villagers to attend on a patient at his house on Monday morning.