Agra doctors call off strike

March 17th, 2009 - 11:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Agra, March 17 (IANS) Doctors protesting the alleged manhandling of a senior colleague here called off their two-day strike Tuesday after three policemen were suspended and an enquiry was ordered into the incident.
The doctors went on a strike demanding firm action against the policemen who, they claim, “went berserk and ill-treated Munishwar Gupta”, the director of the Kamayani Hospital here.

Gupta was allegedly manhandled and dragged away from his office by the police Saturday afternoon. He was released later.

The police Tuesday suspended the three policemen and initiated an enquiry into the incident.

Following this, the doctors returned to work and the hospitals and private nursing homes opened later in the day.

Earlier in the day, at a heated meeting of the Indian Medical Association some doctors wanted to continue with the strike till senior police officials came to the meeting and publicly apologised.

But later a decision was taken to call off the strike in the public interest.

Most privately owned nursing homes and pathological laboratories in the city stayed closed, while the junior doctors in the S.N. Medical College were sporting black bands as a mark of protest against the police highhandedness.

The city’s medical services were badly hit by the strike that started Saturday midnight.

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