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4 medicos held for Monday night brawl

A NIGHT after the medicos and shop owners fought a pitched battle, the police finally got into action mode to ease out the simmering tension. Although the police arrested four medicos on charges of rioting, the shopkeepers observed a complete closure in and around Nazirabad, demanding arrest of remaining junior doctors involved in the violence. According to them, attacks by junior doctors was a common feature but they would not relent unless the district administration set in place a mechanism to check students? activities.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2006 00:34 IST

A NIGHT after the medicos and shop owners fought a pitched battle, the police finally got into action mode to ease out the simmering tension.

Although the police arrested four medicos on charges of rioting, the shopkeepers observed a complete closure in and around Nazirabad, demanding arrest of remaining junior doctors involved in the violence.

According to them, attacks by junior doctors was a common feature but they would not relent unless the district administration set in place a mechanism to check students’ activities.

On the other, the police produced the medicos in the CMM court, which granted them bail later in the evening. It was for the first time that the police actually mustered courage to arrest junior doctors. Circle officer Amrita Mishra said the shopkeepers had filed a case against 11 doctors and efforts were on to track down the remaining ones.

In view of increasing tension, a heavy police contingent has been deployed in Ashok Nagar, where the doctors and shopkeepers clashed late on Monday night.

The trouble started after three medical students had an altercation with the owner of a tea stall followed by stone pelting and firing. In the dispute, four medicos sustained pellet and head injuries and were admitted to LLR Hospital.

Police after getting information of the bloody tussle, arrested four medicos and kept them at Nazirabad police station. As soon as news of altercation and arrest of medicos spread on the campus of GSVM Medical College, nearly 40 medicos reached the police station and created ruckus there for the release of their arrested friends.

Medicos and owner of Banarsi Tea Stall were found making counter allegations at each other. Three medicos who were admitted to ward no 11 of LLR Hospital said that medicos of W-1 batch were deliberately thrashed by police and accomplices of the tea stall owner. One of the medicos who sustained pellet injuries on both thighs said the owner of Banarsi Tea stall, Bhagwati Prasad Gupta and his men opened indiscriminate fire on them with country-made pistols.

Meanwhile, Bhagwati Prasad Gupta said, “The medicos were drunk and fired on the staff of the tea stall.” However, he could not put forth anyone there who sustained any kind of injury.

Some medicos of final year accused Nazirabad area police of unnecessarily resorting to a lathicharge when they reached there in search of one medico Irfan Ahmed, who was reportedly missing after the incident. They also alleged police were on the shopkeepers’ side.

Meanwhile, Circle Officer Nazirabad Amrita Mishra said, “All the allegations against police is baseless, medicos were arrested because they resorted to violent act indiscriminately.”

Annoyed over the incident, GSVM Medical College principal SK Katiyar said, “The incident took place outside the medical college campus and let the law take it’s own course but what ever has happened is sad no matter who the culprit is.”

First Published: Jan 11, 2006 00:34 IST