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UP govt acts tough, as docs refuse to give in to HC resolution

UP govt acts tough, as docs refuse to give in to HC resolution
As the strike by the doctors in several parts of the state against the attack on their colleagues in Kanpur entered the sixth day Wednesday, paralysing health services, the government said it was invoking the Essential Services Maintenance Act amidst reports of deaths in different districts of the state due to the strike to ensure that patients do not suffer any longer.

Kanpur DM Roshan Jacob said all striking doctors and other employees at GSV Medical College have been directed to return to work following the invoking of ESMA, failing which action would be taken against them.

Stepping in to end the deadlock, the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court directed UP government to transfer SSP, Kanpur, Yashaswi Yadav, and other officials involved in the February 28 incident, but clarified that it was only to resolve the situation and should not be taken as a ‘stigma’ on the officials.

Taking suo motu cognisance, the Lucknow bench comprising justices Imtiyaz Murtaza and Devendra Kumar Upadhaya directed a probe by retired Justice VK Mathur into the matter.

However, the state government informed it that a one-man judicial commission under retired justice RMS Chauhan has already been set up, following which the court kept its order in abeyance and directed the state government to file Justice Chauhan Commission’s report in three weeks.
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