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Two junior doctors shifted to hospital amid high drama

By Our Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD, JAN. 13. Members of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Andhra Pradesh Junior Doctors' Association on Tuesday tried to prevent the police from shifting two medicos -- Baburao and Hanumanthu -- who have been on hunger strike at the Gandhi Hospital since January 10.

They raised slogans against the Government and the police. Fifteen medicos were taken into preventive custody and released later.

The Market police stated that they had gone to the camp following a complaint lodged by the Superintendent of the hospital about the condition of the two medicos. They were subsequently shifted to hospital.

However, the JAC, in a statement, alleged that the police resorted to lathicharge and contended that the Government was trying to suppress the agitation.

The statement wanted political parties to specify in their respective election manifestoes their stand on collection of user charges and opening of private medical/dental colleges in the State.

The statement said that the committee was not against students/managements of these colleges.

"We only want scrapping of yet-to-be opened institutions which did not conform to specified standards."

Meanwhile, the national council of the All-India Students' Federation and the State unit of the Progressive Democratic Students' Union criticised the Government for "resorting to repressive measures." The two organisations called for efforts to end the strike.

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