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Doctors to intensify protest

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KGMOA stages dharna demanding arrest of district panchayat president

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Kerala Government Medical Officers Association (KGMOA) staged a dharna in front of the Collectorate here on Thursday, demanding the arrest of the District Panchayat president K. K. Royson in connection with the alleged assault on the Medical officer B. Binod Kumar attached to the Primary Health Centre in Cherukol near Kozhenchery, on July 13.

The KGMOA State president Devand, inaugurated the dharna attended by all the association members in the district.

Inaugurating the dharna, Dr. Devanand said that the KGMOA would intensify the agitation against the alleged laxity on the part of the Government to pursue the case.

The KGMOA district executive committee meeting held in the afternoon decided to boycott the next meeting convened by the district medical officer.

The association district president, Thomas Philip said that the State committee would take a decision on the proposal to file a defamation suit against Mr. Royson for the alleged defamatory remarks he had made about the KGMOA, he added.

KGMOA State treasurer O. Vasudevan, district secretary O. S. Shyam Sunder and State leaders Kurien Oommen, C. C. Babu, C. R. Radhakrishnan, P. M. Sainuddin and the Indian Medical Association branch president P. G. George also spoke.

DCC charge

Meanwhile, the District Congress Committee (DCC) vice-president, P. Mohanraj alleged that the doctors were engaged in a baseless campaign against the district panchayat president.

Mr. Mohanraj said that the doctors should not take the `silence' of the Congress workers as their handicap or weakness.

He said that party workers would expose the alleged corruption going on at various Government hospitals and PHCs, if doctors continued their campaign against the panchayat chief.

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