Ground Report | New Delhi: Delhi Doctors Strike; Delhi police officers detained several resident doctors marching to the residence of Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya as part of a protest against the delay in counseling for NEET-PG 2021. Prior to this, the Police had arrested several resident doctors who were marching towards the Supreme Court of India.
“Earlier today, when we were peacefully protesting NEET-PG’s immediate counseling, we were mistreated by the police. Many resident doctors, including women, were injured during the police brutality. Now we want the policemen involved in this to be punished, ”a resident doctor at RML Hospital said.
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Some 300 resident doctors marched to the Sarojini Nagar Police Station, where they were detained. Doctors also sang the national anthem before being detained. Meanwhile, medical associations have condemned police action against doctors in the national capital.
The Federation of All India Medical Association (FAIMA) demanded the suspension of all police personnel at whose instructions force was used against protesting doctors, including the mistreatment of resident doctors by male police personnel. (Delhi Doctors Strike)
The FAIMA statement read: “FAIMA strongly condemns the abuse of power by the Delhi Police and demands the immediate suspension of all police personnel at whose addresses force was used against our doctors. The videos that have appeared and the stories that have been shared are horrible and make us question whether we have returned to barbaric times or whether the administration feels they can do whatever they want to suppress dissent.”
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“We have decided to continue our protest from Safdarjung Hospital until our demands are met … As the night curfew was imposed in the city, we returned to Safdarjung and we will continue our protest from there,” said Dr. Kul Saurabh Kaushik, general secretary of the Federation of Resident Medical Associations (FORDA) on Tuesday.
Delhi police have claimed that a total of seven members of their staff were injured during the protest by resident doctors near ITO.
“An FIR has been registered under Section 188 and other sections for obstructing the duty of police personnel and damaging public property during the protest,” police said.
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