Dr Sayantan Banerjee, Resident Doctor at AIIMS, second cousin of Dr Paribaha Mukherjee, who’s assault sparked widespread protests in West Bengal, and across the country later, clarified that the latter is doing well. Banerjee stated the news of Mukherjee's death were a hoax, while thanking the medical team who is treating him. He also lashed at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for communalising the attack and called her ‘foolish’ and ‘arrogant.’
During the debate with Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami on Friday, Sayantan Banerjee said, “The family is feeling very terrible about the attack. We really want that the attackers are found out and they are brought to the court. We want to make this fact clear that Paribaha is very well, he is conscious; there are hoax on Whatsapp that he is dead, he is very ill, he is in coma.”
He added, “We are a closely-knit family, we have talked to Paribaha and we want to make one point very clear, that Paribaha and his incident has got no political affiliation. We are not at all angry on the type of communalisation of this incident that our Chief Minister unfortunately tried to make, that the doctors are not wanting to treat Muslims.
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The Indian Medical Association called for a Pan India strike on June 14. This came after the two-day agitation by junior doctors across Kolkata, 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.
Following the strike West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee addressed the protest on June 13, warning 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.