Trouble for Mamata Banerjee? Centre seeks separate reports from Bengal govt. on political violence and doctors’ strike


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New Delhi, (15/6/2019): Following the violence in Bengal and the doctors strike, the Centre on Saturday sought separate reports from the West Bengal government on political violence in the state which has claimed 160 lives in the past four years, and on the ongoing doctors’ strike.

A report has been sought from the West Bengal government on measures taken to contain political violence in the state and investigate such incidents so as to bring culprits to book, a home ministry official said.

Another detailed report has been sought from the West Bengal government on the ongoing strike by the doctors which has crippled medical services in the state, the official said.

Sources said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) also issued an advisory to the West Bengal government, expressing ‘deep concern’ over the unabated violence in the state over the years. It also directed the Mamata Banerjee-led government to investigate the incidents of violence in order to bring the culprits to book.

The assault on two junior doctors over the death of a patient due to alleged negligence at NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata on Monday has turned the hospital premises into a protest zone. In their demand for better security at hospitals, doctors and medical staff in the state and in several parts of the country have decided to hold demonstrations.

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