Junior doctors call off strike, RJD MLA surrenders

Gaya/Patna: The indefinite strike by junior doctors in Bihar demanding arrest of an RJD MLA, whose bodyguards had fired at them in a Gaya hospital, was Friday called off after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar assured them of adequate security.

A delegation of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) Junior Doctors Association led by its secretary D Kumar called on the chief minister this afternoon.

"The chief minister has assured us that the state government will provide full security to the doctors", Kumar said.

Meanwhile, the senior RJD MLA Surendra Yadav, whose security guards had fired at the doctors, today surrendered before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Gaya, R N S Pande, which remanded him in 14 days judicial custody.

Giving details of the meeting with the chief minister, Kumar said he also assured them of enacting a suitable law (Medical Profession Security Act) on the pattern of the one in Andhra Pradesh besides introduction of a residential scheme for them.

"Soon after meeting Kumar, we had an emergency meeting and decided to call off the strike with immediate effect", Kumar said. The strike had begun on Monday.

The indefinite strike by the medicos against the firing by the MLA's bodyguards at Anugraha Narayan Medical College and Hospital (ANMCH) at Gaya on Sunday had affected the functioning of medical colleges and hospitals in Bihar.

The two bodyguards of Yadav, a four-time MLA from Belagunj in Gaya and a minister in the erstwhile Rabri Devi government, had allegedly fired at junior doctors at ANMCH and injured three of them after a heated argument between the medicos and the legislator over 'delay' in treating a patient.

Both the bodyguards have been arrested and are in judicial custody.