Day 2 proves a damp squib

THE SECOND day of the KGMU medicos? protest proved a damp squib on Monday, thanks to factionalism among resident doctors. The protest was planned against police atrocities on the medicos? colleagues elsewhere in the country and the HRD Ministry?s reservation proposals. Few wore black ribbons on the campus on Monday. ?We were supposed to show solidarity with Delhi medicos, as officially announced by our senior colleagues on Sunday. But, today there was no call for the protest. We are working without ribbons,? said a chief resident.

india Updated: May 16, 2006 00:57 IST

THE SECOND day of the KGMU medicos’ protest proved a damp squib on Monday, thanks to factionalism among resident doctors. The protest was planned against police atrocities on the medicos’ colleagues elsewhere in the country and the HRD Ministry’s reservation proposals. Few wore black ribbons on the campus on Monday.

“We were supposed to show solidarity with Delhi medicos, as officially announced by our senior colleagues on Sunday. But, today there was no call for the protest. We are working without ribbons,” said a chief resident.

Senior faculty members refrained from wearing ribbons and said the reservation issue had nothing to do with the state capital.

Some residents had worn black ribbons during working hours on Sunday. Seeing them, another group of residents called for black-badge protests from Monday onwards. The second call brought factionalism among the medicos to the fore. In the process, the protest fizzled out.

Meanwhile, the IMA’s Lucknow chapter has called an emergency meeting on Tuesday to decide its line of action on police atrocities against medical students.

“We strongly condemn the beating of medical students and will protest against it. A meeting of the committee members will decide on the line of protest, in addition to guidelines from the national committee,” said IMA (Lucknow chapter) secretary Dr AM Khan.

He said IMA members would gather at the IMA Bhawan here on Wednesday to hold protest against police action on medicos in the national capital.
“We will involve private practitioners and other medical associations in the demonstration,” Dr Khan said.

Meanwhile, Association of Private Medical Practitioners’ secretary homoeopath Dr Shekhar Tandon condemned the attack on young doctors protesting against quota regulations on May 13 in Mumbai. He said their association would join the anti-quota stir in the other states and go on strike if punitive action was not taken against the erring.

In Varanasi, medical services at the Sir Sunderlal Hospital were thrown out of gear on Monday when undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Institute of Medical Science-Banaras Hindu University observed a daylong strike. They were protesting against the proposal to reserve seats for other backward classes in Central institutions.

First Published: May 16, 2006 00:57 IST