RJD MLA goes into hiding, junior doctors continue strike
Senior RJD MLA Surendra Yadav went underground after police launched an operation to arrest him as the indefinite strike by junior doctors entered the second day.
Gaya/Patna: Senior RJD MLA Surendra Yadav went underground after police launched an operation to arrest him as the indefinite strike by junior doctors entered the second day on Tuesday, affecting functioning of medical colleges and hospitals across Bihar.
Senior Superintendent of Police Amit Lodha said raids were on at different places to apprehend Yadav.
The MLA`s two bodyguards had on Sunday evening allegedly fired at junior doctors at Anugraha Narayan Medical College and Hospital (ANMCH) in Gaya after a heated argument between the medicos and the legislator over delay in treating a patient.
Yadav, a four-time MLA from Belaganj assembly seat in Gaya and minister for excise in the erstwhile Rabri Devi cabinet, had gone to the hospital with the patient whom the doctors referred to Patna Medical College and Hospital.
At this the bodyguards fired at the interns and three of them were injured in their legs.
The two, who have already been suspended, were sent to jail after interrogation, Lodha said.
Meanwhile, the indefinite strike by hundreds of protesting junior doctors of Patna Medical College Hospital, Nalanda Medical College Hospital, ANMCH, Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital, S K Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur and J L N Medical College and Hospital at Bhagalpur, entered its second day without any sign of settlement.
The strike had severely paralysed work at the hospitals, officials said.
The junior doctors are demanding immediate arrest of the MLA and that the state government ensure security to them during duty hours.
Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi has appealed to them to call off the stir immediately since the administration was holding an inquiry and legal action was being taken in the incident.
The state health department officials were studying Health Professional Protection Act implemented in other states. "A formal decision to this effect will be taken soon in this connection," he said.
A Gaya report quoting official sources said RJD activists demonstrated before the hospital demanding action against the medicos for burning the police vehicle on Sunday evening.
They also castigated the police for "falsely" implicating the MLA in the case.
Bihar Police Men`s Association general secretary J K Singh said policemen would launch an indefinite strike soon if the two sent to jail were not released.