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Junior doctors at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) withdrew strike

Ranchi, Aug. 23: After fiery protests climaxed a six-day ceasework, junior doctors at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) withdrew their strike this evening following assurances of better security from the health department.

RIMS acting director A.K. Mahto said the issue was resolved after several rounds of talks at his office in the presence of SSP Praveen Kumar and additional health secretary Arun Kumar Sinha.

Spokesperson of Junior Doctors' Association Kundan Kumar said the talks began at 3.45pm and concluded at 6pm after they found efforts made by the additional health secretary reliable.

"He (Sinha) has convinced us that steps are being taken to draft a law to prevent attacks on the medical fraternity. The health department has forwarded the file to the law department through governor's adviser R.R. Prasad, who is in charge of 12 departments including health. So, we decided to call off the strike," he said.

Earlier in the day, striking doctors burnt the RIMS and police administrations in effigy in front of Gate No. 2. They also took out a procession from the director's office to push their demand.

The six-day strike was the result of a clash between doctors and JVM supporters on August 16. Trouble brewed when a junior doctor stopped JVM leader Amit Mahto from meeting a patient at the trauma centre, saying it wasn't proper to crowd the unit.

Mahto slapped the doctor, prompting other doctors to beat him and his supporters up. As the situation turned ugly, police intervened and rescued an injured Mahto.

Two FIRs were lodged — one by RIMS security guards accusing Mahto of manhandling junior doctors and the other by Mahto's supporters, alleging that their leader had been beaten up.

Police only acted on the second FIR and forwarded a security guard of RIMS to Birsa Munda Central Jail on August 17. This prompted junior doctors to go on strike, demanding adequate security.

Mahto, who contested the last Assembly polls on a JVM ticket, had given a tough fight to former deputy chief minister Sudesh Mahto in Silli.source:telegraphindia.com

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