Ranchi/Jamshedpur, Jan. 12, 2010: All medical facilities, including hospital and nursing home OPDs and private clinics, across the state will remain closed tomorrow in protest against the attack on a Tata Main Hospital (TMH) doctor last evening.
Drug stores will, however, down shutters only in the steel city and adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district.
The announcement was made after a three-member team from the state unit of Indian Medical Association (IMA), led by its secretary Shekhar Chaudhury, visited the city today in the wake of repeated attacks (three in a month) on doctors. IMA treasurer Dr Bimlesh Kumar Singh said emergency services had been exempted from the token strike.
The Jamshedpur Druggists and Chemists Association has extended its support to the agitation because of which all medicine stores will remain closed in and around the city.
According to sources at TMH, the condition of paediatrician Ashish Roy, shot at by two unidentified assailants at his Northern Town residence in Bistupur yesterday, continues to be critical.
With a partially punctured lung and damaged pancreas, left kidney, spleen and liver, Roy is on ventilator. "He has been operated on and the pellets removed, but the damage has been done," a TMH official said, adding that they were praying for Roy's recovery.
IMA state unit secretary Chaudhury said the token strike had been called to express solidarity with the medical fraternity in the steel city who had been unnerved by repeated attacks.
He said doctors across the state would cease routine work for a day, but if the law and order situation in Jamshedpur and elsewhere did not improve, the IMA would be compelled to take a more stringent stand.
Four shootings in a month have also put the East Singhbhum police on their toes. Checking drives have been intensified across the steel city.
IG (zonal) Rezi Dung Dung and DIG (Kolhan) Manoj Mishra are camping in Jamshedpur. Dung Dung visited TMH and Roy's residence in Northern Town this morning. In the afternoon, he held a meeting with the DIG and superintendent of police (SP) Naveen Kumar Singh.
The attack on the doctor has also invited criticism from all quarters. Various political and apolitical organisations registered their protests today.
While VHP supporters staged a dharna in front of the deputy commissioner's office, Congress MLA Banna Gupta protested demonstrated in front of Modi Park.
A delegation of Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SCCI) met Dung Dung and demanded better policing in the city. Members said that though 24 hours had passed, police had not made any headway.
Suresh Sonthalia, the SCCI secretary who led the delegation, reminded Dung Dung of a recent promise, made by chief minister Shibu Soren, to appoint senior and rural SPs.source