Stalemate ends as UP junior doctors call off strike

Acting on the orders of Allahabad High Court, UP government on Thursday transferred SSP Kanpur Yashaswi Yadav even as junior doctors here continued their strike demanding strict action against the police officer.

Last Updated: Mar 06, 2014, 22:48 PM IST

Lucknow: Apparently under pressure from the Allahabad High Court, the Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday removed Kanpur SSP Yashaswi Yadav and attached him to the DGP`s office in a case related to the junior doctors` stir.

The action from the state government came hours ahead of 2pm deadline set by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court to file its reply on action taken by it to end the stir by the junior doctors of the state.

Meanwhile, the agitating doctors have called off their six-day strike against the attack on their colleagues by sitting SP MLA Irfaan Solanki and the alleged police brutality on them later.

The doctors decided to call of their strike following assurances from UP government, which had earlier threatened to impose ESMA against striking medicos, and the Allahabad High Court`s intervention to resolve the deadlock.

The junior doctors at King George Medical University have also called off their strike today.

Dr Aarti Lal Chandani, IMA Kanpur head, said the strike has been called off and she has joined duty.

Twenty-four junior doctors, who were arrested in connection with the clash with police and supporters of a SP MLA, have been released and efforts would be made to convince them to return to work, Chandani said.

Principal of the Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Medical College Dr Naveen Kumar said normalcy would soon be restored in the college.

He said the decision to end the strike was taken at 2 am in the light of the government`s move to clamp ESMA and the high court direction.

All doctors in the faculty have been told to attend to the patients and the OPDs would be functional, he said.
Representatives of the doctors had last night met SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in Lucknow and he had given them an assurance that their demands would be sympathetically considered, sources said.

On reports that junior doctors want criminal charges dropped against their colleagues before they join duty, he said efforts are on to convince them and they would resume duty today.
The six-day strike, which adversely impacted medical services in several parts of the state, was called up after medicos at GSV Medical College were allegedly beaten up by Kanpur Police and supporters of SP MLA Irfan Solanki following an altercation.

Amidst reports of deaths in different districts of the state due to the strike, UP government yesterday decided to invoke the Essential Services Maintenance Act.

The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court had yesterday directed UP government to transfer SSP, Kanpur, Yashaswi Yadav, and other officials involved in the February 28 clash, but clarified that it was only to resolve the situation and should not be taken as a "stigma" on the officials.

With PTI inputs