AIIMS Doctors Withdraw Strike; Demand Kanhaiya Kumar's Arrest

Health Minister Mangal Pandey (left) and left leader Kanhaiya Kumar.

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Patna: Doctors of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Patna on Monday withdrew their day-old strike after hospital administration filed FIRs against the left's newest star who, with dozens of his supporters, had clashed with the doctors and other officials on Sunday.

The FIR against Kumar and his followers were lodged with the Phulwari Sharif police station, its in-charge Mohammed Qaiser Alam said.

The incident occurred around 7:00 pm on Sunday when Kanhaiya Kumar, the former President of the Jawaharlal Nehru University student union who has earned the respect of the leftist leaders and is being projected by them as the future Prime Minister of India, went to see Sushil Kumar, an All India Students Federation (AISF) leader, undergoing treatment at the hospital.

According to reports, Kanhaiya Kumar barged into the hospital with his goons and created ruckus accusing the hospital of not providing proper care to Sushil Kumar. When an intern told him to be quiet and to leave the room, Kumar's supporters became belligerent and beat him up and snatched his cell phone.

"Throughout the ordeal, Kanhaiya and his men acted like thugs with zero regard for other patients or the safety of the hospital staff.," a security guard who was manhandled by Kanhaiya's army of followers, said.

Shortly afterwards, the interns and other doctors went on a strike demanding immediate arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar and his band of merry men.

On Monday, the strike was called off after the hospital lodged FIRs against the rising star of the left parties and about 100 of his supporters.

Angered by the incident, Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey issued warning to the former student leader saying he needed to remain within his limit as Bihar was not his playing ground like JNU.

"We are not going to tolerate such criminal behavior in Bihar. This is not JNU. Such shameful action will land him in jail for a long time," Pandey admonished.

The Health Minister also accused Kanhaiya Kumar of trying to stir up trouble in Bihar ahead of next year's Lok Sabha polls saying it was typical of the extremists like the former JNU student leader to create trouble to gain notoriety that someone like him would not get otherwise.

"Some crackpot leaders are trying to defame the Nitish government. The only suitable place for them is jail where they can think about their criminal behavior," Pandey said.

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