Mumbai doctors continue strike despite assurance

The strike by the resident doctors entered the tenth day on Thursday.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2006 22:26 IST

Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said on the stance of doctors to continue with the strike despite the state government's "positive" assurance to consider their demands was "not justified".

The strike by the resident doctors entered the tenth day on Thursday.

After the resident doctors demanded an increase in the stipend, the state government had assured them to consider their demands sympathetically, Deshmukh said.

"Despite the assurance, the doctors have adopted an adamant stance to continue with their agitation," he said.

Meanwhile, hundreds of striking resident doctors including dentists from different parts of the city and state on Thursday staged demonstration at Azad Maidan.

They formed a human chain expressing solidarity with their demand for better working conditions including better security and stipend hike.

Doctors affiliated to Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) began the strike on February 27 and declared that they would continue the strike till the state government gives a written assurance over their demands.

Meanwhile, the anticipatory bail applications of 42 resident doctors were disposed of by a sessions court saying that if they are found guilty in the offence registered, they would be given 24 hours before their arrest.

First Published: Mar 09, 2006 22:26 IST