De­nied booze, govt doc­tors run riot in Agra, 25 held

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION - Arvind.Chauhan @times­

Agra: Twenty five ju­nior doc­tors of Agra’s state-run S N Med­i­cal Col­lege were ar­rested for van­dal­is­ing a lo­cal pub, as­sault­ing its staff, beat­ing up po­lice­men and tear­ing off their uni­form when the pub’s staff re­fused to serve them liquor af­ter clos­ing hours. The in­ci­dent oc­curred at the Ashoka pub and restau­rant near Delhi Gate late on Satur­day night.

SSP Amit Pathak said 15 ju­nior doc­tors were still in jail while 10 oth­ers were granted bail. Forty other uniden­ti­fied med­i­cal col­lege staff were also booked for van­dal­ism. Af­ter the in­ci­dent, doc­tors at the col­lege went on a strike, brin­ing its emer­gency ward to a halt on Sun­day. The strike was called off af­ter se­nior ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cers held a meet­ing with the col­lege prin­ci­pal and other au­thor­i­ties. But, ju­nior doc­tors didn’t re­turn to work.

Pathak told TOI, “We met the prin­ci­pal and se­nior staff mem­bers and asked them why no in­ter­nal ac­tion was taken against ju­nior doc­tors who were booked even on ear­lier oc­ca­sions in var­i­ous as­sault and van­dal­ism cases. .”

Po­lice said the FIR was lodged based on a com­plaint by pub man­ager Shivaji Ohja. The doc­tors and med­i­cal staff went to the pub to cel­e­brate the birth­day of their col­league.

Ojha said, “The doc­tors were adamant on their de­mand to be served more liquor. When our staff in­formed them about the clos­ing time, they started hurl­ing abuses and mis­be­haved with the staff. They called nearly 40 other col­lege staff, who van­dalised the pub.” Pub owner Sunil Sarin (82) was also as­saulted when he at­tempted to pacify them, he added.

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