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Bypoll over, RIMS docs ready to push demands

Ranchi, Jan. 8: The declaration of the Tamar by-election results has made the junior doctors of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) a happy lot.

Their happiness has nothing to do with any political allegiance, though. Rather, it stems from the hope that all their demands placed before health secretary Pradeep Kumar to end their strike will now be fulfilled.

The junior doctors went on an indefinite strike on December 27 after being beaten up by the residents of Bariatu Bustee over an accident on the RIMS campus. They called off the agitation last Thursday only after Kumar assured to meet their demands. However, he had requested the doctors to wait till the Tamar by-elections got over.

General secretary of Junior Doctors' Association Vijay Prakash Singh Tomar told The Telegraph: "Now that the election is over and the results are out, the time has come for Kumar to act." 

The demands included withdrawal of police cases against RIMS students and proper action against officer-in-charge of Bariatu police station Waquar Hussain and city police deputy superintendent Mahesh Paswan. According to the doctors, the duo had played mute spectators while they were being assaulted.

Other demands are construction of a boundary wall around RIMS campus, establishment of a permanent picket of armed force jawans inside the premises, a provision of non-bailable warrants against those assaulting doctors on duty and payment of proper salaries.

Kumar is also serious about fulfilling his promises. When contacted, he said: "I have taken certain measures. But, I will be able to say something concrete tomorrow."

Meanwhile, jawans of Jharkhand Armed Police are maintaining a vigil on the RIMS campus round the clock. Besides, 140 private security guards have also been deputed. But, students still feel unsafe in their hostels.

"There are two official and 10 unofficial entrances at RIMS. Outsiders and criminals sneak into the premises," a RIMS student said.

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