Agra doctors call off strike

May 28th, 2011 - 11:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Agra, May 28 (IANS) The three-day strike by more than 200 doctors in Agra was called off Saturday evening after assurances by the district authorities that action will be taken against those who attacked a doctor and ransacked his hospital.

The strike, which followed the attack on S.K. Mittal and his hospital Thursday, had led to the closure of nursing homes and hospitals here.

The doctors have given a week’s time for authorities to arrest the culprits, failing which they will resume the strike, their spokespersons said at a press conference.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Aseem Arun said,”We are already on the lookout for the culprits who vandalised the hospital. We will ensure safety of all.”

Arun Chaturvedi, Agra branch president of the Indian Medical Association, told IANS that the administration has accepted most of the demands and has been very supportive.

“We hope all matters would be sorted out soon and the attackers are arrested,” he added.

Hundreds of patients were left in the lurch during the strike and surgeries had to be cancelled.

The strike began Thursday after Mittal alleged that he and his wife were beaten up by the relatives of a man who died at their nursing home.

“The relatives demanded Rs.10 lakh compensation from us,” Mittal told the doctors.

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