In another controversial action, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has ordered junior doctors protesting against the violence inflicted on an intern doctor in the NRS Medical college in Kolkata to resume their duties within the next four hours, barring which they will be asked to vacate their hostels on June 13.
Mamata Banerjee addressed the protest where she warned the doctors to resume their duties within the next four hours and threatened to have their hostels vacated if they refused to do so. She called the matter a conspiracy by the BJP and the Left.
The threat from the Trinamool chief comes after the two-day agitation by junior doctors across the city, as they were protesting against the physical assault of an intern doctor at the NRS Medical college in the hands of the family of a patient who had died on Monday, June 10. Junior doctors across the city including private firms extended their support for the protest, bringing the out-patient departments of many hospitals to a standstill.
The kin of the deceased patient who attacked the intern doctor alleged medical negligence which led to the death of the 75-year old Mohammad Shahid. Shubham Roy, a student at NRS Medical College in a Facebook post, said that the intern doctor, Paribaha Mukhopadhyay, was critical and had a skull fracture due to the beating.
The junior doctors had taken a protest march earlier in the week, demanding justice for the injured intern doctor while also asking for more security at the hospital premises. Allegations have been levelled against the Trinamool government for being ignorant and negligent against the violent act that was committed.
Kolkata has been brought to a standstill by protests against violence in the state for more than a week. On June 12, BJP workers led by senior leaders of the party were repelled by water cannons by the police as they undertook a protest march to the police headquarters to demand justice for a BJP worker who was killed.