RJD MLA goes into hiding, junior doctors continue strike

Gaya/Patna, Feb 1 (PTI) Senior RJD MLA Surendra Yadavwent underground after police launched an operation to arresthim as the indefinite strike by junior doctors entered thesecond day today, affecting functioning of medical collegesand hospitals across Bihar.

Senior Superintendent of Police Amit Lodha said raidswere on at different places to apprehend Yadav.

The MLA''s two bodyguards had on Sunday evening allegedlyfired at junior doctors at Anugraha Narayan Medical Collegeand Hospital (ANMCH) in Gaya after a heated argument betweenthe medicos and the legislator over delay in treating apatient.

Yadav, a four-time MLA from Belaganj assembly seat inGaya and minister for excise in the erstwhile Rabri Devicabinet, had gone to the hospital with the patient whom thedoctors referred to Patna Medical College and Hospital.

At this the bodyguards fired at the interns and three ofthem were injured in their legs.

The two, who have already been suspended, were sent tojail after interrogation, Lodha said.

Meanwhile, the indefinite strike by hundreds ofprotesting junior doctors of Patna Medical College Hospital,Nalanda Medical College Hospital, ANMCH, Darbhanga MedicalCollege and Hospital, S K Medical College and Hospital inMuzaffarpur and J L N Medical College and Hospital atBhagalpur, entered its second day without any sign ofsettlement.

The strike had severely paralysed work at the hospitals,officials said.

The junior doctors are demanding immediate arrest of theMLA and that the state government ensure security to themduring duty hours.

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi has appealed tothem to call off the stir immediately since the administrationwas holding an inquiry and legal action was being taken in theincident.

The state health department officials were studyingHealth Professional Protection Act implemented in otherstates. "A formal decision to this effect will be taken soonin this connection," he said.

A Gaya report quoting official sources said RJD activistsdemonstrated before the hospital demanding action against themedicos for burning the police vehicle on Sunday evening.

They also castigated the police for "falsely" implicatingthe MLA in the case.

Bihar Police Men''s Association general secretary J KSingh said policemen would launch an indefinite strike soon ifthe two sent to jail were not released.

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