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Old 01-Feb-2011
Doctors, lawyers strike in Bihar

Patna: Health services in Bihar were paralysed yesterday after hundreds of junior doctors working at all six state-run medical colleges and hospitals went on indefinite strike at midnight.

They are protesting the indiscriminate firing on them by policemen deployed in the security of Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal lawmaker, Surendra Prasad Yadav.

Three interns were injured in the shooting. The two bodyguards have been arrested and police have issued warrants for the arrest of the absconding lawmaker who allegedly ordered his bodyguards to open fire on the medics.

Trouble began late Sunday evening when doctors at Gaya Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital (ANMMCH) referred a pregnant woman, a relative of the lawmaker, to Patna as her baby had died in her womb.

The legislator, surrounded by his supporters and bodyguards, reached the hospital and an argument ensued over delays in the treatment of patients, after which he allegedly ordered his bodyguards to fire on the doctors.

The functioning of the Patna High Court and all the district courts across Bihar too was severely hit on Monday as around 80,000 lawyers associated with the Bihar courts went on strike demanding the abolition of the evening court introduced by the Patna High Court.

"Holding of such [evening] courts is not feasible in the state owing to lack of necessary infrastructure, erratic power supply and law and order situation in the state", Bihar State Council Evening Courts Special committee chairman Rajendra Prasad Singh said.

Lawyers cited the severe Maoist problems gripping many districts of the state meant they did not feel safe in Bihar.

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