Leaders and cadres of the CPN- UML, Limbuwan and Rastriya Prajatantra Party broke open the lock placed at the office of the vice-chancellor at BP Koirala Institute of Health and Sciences, Dharan, today.

Doctors, and employees agitating for a long time had halted the delivery of health service and padlocked the office of the vice-chancellor.

Youths of the UML and Limbuwan breached the two-layer security of Nepal Police and APF and broke open the lock.

Party cadres were irked after police personnel seized flags carried by them. Irate youths had broken open the lock and entered the premises of BPKIHS.

A youth was injured in the incident.

Tension was high for some time.

The joint struggle committee had shut down all services at BPKIHS. Party cadres and leaders who broke open the lock warned the agitating doctors and employees not to disrupt health services.

CPN-UML Dharan Chair Harka Eveng said they had taken to the street as the closure of the health service had given trouble to patients.

Federal Limbuwan Sunsari Chair Amar Ijam said they had taken to the street after doctors and employees ignored their calls not to shut down services.

Meanwhile, agitating doctors and employees warned of staging stern protest following the incident. Joint Struggle Committee Coordinator SP Rimal condemned the party cadres for breaking open the lock in the manner of hooligans.

The committee has been agitating against irregularities at the BPKIHS for months.

Though the government-formed high-level probe team made public its report, it is yet to be implemented. This has thrown services at BPKIHS out of gear.

Issuing an appeal today, Vice-chancellor Gyanendra Giri urged all the doctors and employees to return to work to render services during the pandemic.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 7 2021, of The Himalayan Times.