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Effects of strike by junior doctors in UP's Kanpur reaches to Noida, Delhi
Strike by the junior doctors in Kanpur has entered the fifth day today. The strike has been called to protest against the police lathicharge and arrest of dozens of doctors in Kanpur. Indian Medical Association (IMA), Kanpur is going to meet the president today in this regard with an ultimatum to intensify the ongoing stir, if justice is denied to them.

The strike by the Kanpur doctors has started showing its impacts in other districts of UP as well. India Medical Association's (IMA) Noida wing has closed OPD's at all the private and government hospitals in the city while sparring the emergency and in-patient section.

The doctors at the Noida district hospital wore black ribbon on their aprons as a mark of protest. Dr. AK Aggarwal, President of IMA Noida, said, "Today in evening we have called a doctors' meet at IMA Noida office located at Sector 31 to discuss the matter."

Doctors in the city are also planning to take out a silent protest march. Dr. Aggarawal added, "If the situation demands, then we will intensify our protest to national level."

Dr. Prakash Jain, Secretary of IMA Noida, has demanded security for all the doctors across the country. "We are the most vulnerable part of the society and we follow all the norms, but in return we get this kind of behavior from the public, its very painful," said Dr. Jain.

Supporting the cause at national level, Dr. Ankit Garg, President of Indian Medical Students Association (IMSA) said, "We are taking out peaceful march, and candle light rallies as a signature protest. We have given an ultimatum of 24 hours to resolve this issue, and if it does not get resolved then we are ready for a nation wide protest."

The strike by the doctors in UP has started showing its impact in Delhi also, where the doctors from various government hospitals like AIIMS have decided to protest at Jantar Mantar to show their support to the striking doctors in Kanpur.

Reports say that a Samajwadi Party (SP) legislator Irfan Solanki allegedly misbehaved with a doctor whose car touched the car of the MLA. Once the other doctors came to know about the alleged misbehaviour with their colleague, they came in his support and had a scuffle with the MLA.

According to another version the clash started when Aryanagar MLA Solanki objected some junior doctors, who were allegedly misbehaving with an elderly person inside the Medical College premises. After this a clash broke out on last Friday between the SP supporters and the Jr. doctors. Following this unruly scene, the police did a lathicharge to disperse the crowd.

Thirty-six junior doctors were arrested after the incident, while 12 were released but 24 are still in custody and cases have been registered on them.



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