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Docs hurt in clash with PTS jawans

DOCTORS ACROSS the State went on a lightning strike on Monday in protest against the alleged bashing up of doctors in Nauchandi Express in the intervening night of Sunday and Monday, in which over 50 doctors, including women, from different medical colleges suffered injuries. Some of them are said to be in serious condition. ?We will go on a complete strike from tomorrow,? said Dr Debashish Shukla, president of the Resident Doctors Association while waiting to receive the injured doctors at Charbagh railway station.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2006 01:44 IST

Medicos go on lightning strike

DOCTORS ACROSS the State went on a lightning strike on Monday in protest against the alleged bashing up of doctors in Nauchandi Express in the intervening night of Sunday and Monday, in which over 50 doctors, including women, from different medical colleges suffered injuries. Some of them are said to be in serious condition.

“We will go on a complete strike from tomorrow,” said Dr Debashish Shukla, president of the Resident Doctors Association (RDA) while waiting to receive the injured doctors at Charbagh railway station. The agitated doctors raised slogans against the state government and the police and also burnt the effigies of the CM and Union Railway Minister in Meerut and Allahabad, respectively.

Dr Rajesh Pandey said over 300 doctors from different colleges were returning home after appearing for PG Medical Entrance examination in Meerut. Their journey back home from Meerut turned out to be nightmarish when the Police Training School (PTS) jawans went on the rampage in the sleeper coaches of Nauchandi Express, he said. Dr Rajesh received injuries in his hand.

Doctors seriously injured from the KGMU are: Bhartendu (jaw fracture), Dr Anant Verma (head injury), Dr Sharad Yadav (back bone), Dr Mohammad Tehazul (head)- all from Lucknow, while Dr Kamlesh Sharma was in critical condition at Gorakhpur.

Except Dr Tehazul, all the three have returned to Lucknow. Dr Tehazul was undergoing treatment at the district hospital in Rampur.

According to a fellow passenger Manmohan Dhal four of the PTS jawans entered the S3 and S4 coach of the train and occupied the seat next to a woman doctor. On objection by the fellow doctors, the new recruits of the PTS tried to throw weight around demanding tickets from the woman doctor. “On producing the ticket, the cops turned arrogant and put the ticket in their pocket,” said Dhal. Enraged over the behaviour, the doctors protested, which resulted into a scuffle. Blows were also exchanged. The cops were overpowered as the doctors were large in numbers. The doctors pulled the chain and asked the cops to get down. They did not, however, realise what was in store for them in the next 30 minutes.

“As the train reached Moradabad, over 50 cops were waiting for the doctors at platform 5,” said Dr Inam Ahmad. He wondered why the train was taken on platform 5, when it had its usual stoppage at platform 1. Dr Inam said the cops used abusive language and even threatened to burn the coach, and open fire at the passengers if the door was opened.

Though the doctors never wanted to open the door, one of the GRP men escorting the train opened it, and let a large number of PTS jawans into the compartment, said Dr Inam. He alleged that the cops ran amok in the compartment and beat up the doctors black and blue. They chased about 10 doctors on the tracks. Thereafter the doctors “disappeared.” KGMU VCProf Mahendra Bhandari speaking to the media persons before the arrival of the train said all the eight “missing” KGMU doctors had reached here safely by bus. “The doctors had made a condition to the railways that unless and until they were assured of the safety of their colleagues they would not allow the train to move,” said the Vice Chancellor. The doctors who came by bus were; Dr Shailendra Yadav, Dr Kashi Nath, Dr Subhash, Dr A Sachan, Dr Vandana, Dr Praveen Chaturvedi, Dr Somani Dhawal, and Dr Jata Shankar.

The doctors have lodged an FIR against the PTS jawans at Rampur GRP.