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Join Maoists, then we can shoot you: Union minister Ahir to doctors skipping hospital event

Hansraj Ahir wondered if it was appropriate for doctors to go on leave when a “democratically-elected” minister was on a visit.

india Updated: Dec 26, 2017 12:58 IST

Press Trust of India, Mumbai
Union minister Hansraj Ahir.
Union minister Hansraj Ahir. (Bhushan Koyande/HT File Photo)

Miffed over senior doctors remaining absent from a function he was attending at a government hospital in Maharashtra, Union minister Hansraj Ahir on Monday said “these people” should join the Maoists if they don’t believe in democracy, and the government will then shoot them down.

The minister of state for home affairs was speaking at the inauguration of a 24x7 store for generic medicines at a government-run hospital in eastern Maharashtra’s Chandrapur, which he represents in the Lok Sabha.

“The mayor came, the deputy mayor came but what stopped the doctors from coming for the event?” an angry Ahir asked, noting the absence of senior doctors at the event.

“What do the Naxals want? They don’t want democracy... So these people (the absent doctors) don’t want democracy, then they should join the Naxals. Why are you here? Then (once you join the Maoists) we will pump you with bullets, why you are dispensing pills here?” Ahir said, punning on the Marathi word ‘goli’ -- which means both a pill and a bullet.

Ahir wondered if it was appropriate for doctors to go on leave when a “democratically-elected” minister was on a visit.

Chandrapur is one of the four districts in Maharashtra which have been identified by the central government as affected by Left-Wing Extremism.

First Published: Dec 26, 2017 07:59 IST