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Kolkata is a city of peace, not violence: Prosenjit Chatterjee tweets as he asks people to support protesting doctors

Kolkata is a city of peace, not violence: Prosenjit Chatterjee tweets as he asks people to support protesting doctors

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 15 Jun 2019, 10:52 am

Kolkata, June 15 (IBNS): Tollywood or Bengali film industry superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee on Saturday came out in support of the protesting junior doctors of Kolkata and said it is time to stand beside them.

“Kolkata is not a city of violence, but peace,” he wrote on Twitter.

Staying firm in their own demands, protesting Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital (NRSMCH) junior doctors have turned down West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's offer to sit across table at state secretariat Nabanna and urged her to visit the hospital.

"After the kind of language our Chief Minister used against us, we have decided not to go to Nabanna. We are worried about the patients. We urge our Chief Minister to come to NRS and talk to us and find a solution,"  an intern of NRS on behalf of the agitators said.

Amid reports that 300 doctors, which include the heads of departments of medical colleges and other hospitals in Kolkata, Burdwan, Darjeeling and North 24 Parganas districts, have resigned from their positions, the ongoing strike of the protesting medical practitioners entered its fifth day on Saturday.

The junior doctors went for an indefinite strike across West Bengal after relatives of Kolkata's Tangra resident 85-year-old Md. Sayeed, whose death at the NRS Hospital prompted cries of medical negligence from them, brought some 200 people to the hospital and beat up junior doctors, seriously wounding Paribaha Mukhopadhayay on Monday night.

The matter got more complex after Banerjee visited the SSKM Hospital a day ago and lost her cool over the protesters.

Banerjee, amid sloganeering by the agitators, alleged that the protesters are "outsiders". She even sent an ultimatum to the agitators to join work within four hours or else they would face action. However, Banerjee's ultimatum didn't change the situation much.

Doctors from Delhi, Mumbai and other cities have also joined the protest against the assault on Mukhopadhyay.

Going tough with the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government, the Calcutta High Court on Friday asked the ruling dispensation to mediate with the junior doctors protesting against the attack on their mate Paribaha Mukhopadhyay.

Meanwhile, Banerjee is likely to visit injured doctor Mukhopadhyay on Saturday.