Doctors demonstrating in support of Dr KC held outside TUTH

KATHMANDU: Police today have held scores of doctors preparing to demonstrate in order to pressurise the government to conclude talks with representatives of Dr Govinda KC, and to fulfil his demands.

Doctors at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj were preparing to march in protest up to Prime Minister's official residence in Baluwatar when the security personnel interfered and tried to stop the mass, according to a source.

It has been reported that there was a minor clash between the doctors and security personnel.

Deputy Superintendent of Police at the Metropolitan Police Circle, Maharajgunj, Bhesh Raj Rijal said that the security personnel had to take the doctors in custody as they were heading towards the prohibited zone disturbing traffic movement. He added, the doctors have been sent to Nepal Police Club near Bhrikutimandap in Exhibition Road.

One of the supporters of Dr KC, Pritam Subedi said that 36 doctors were arrested as the demonstration kicked off. Meanwhile, supporters of Dr KC have been holding consultation with Dr Abhishek Raj Singh, who is leading the talks team on behalf of Dr KC.

Dr KC has entered 27th day of his fast-unto-death. He began his 15th hunger strike on June 30 after he found that the Bill registered in the parliament was lacking provisions of the National Medical Education Ordinance introduced by the former government led by Sher Bahadur Deuba. Dr KC had demanded that the government withdraw the Bill from parliament and incorporate provisions of the ordinance in the Bill.

It has been expected that talks between the government team and Dr KC's representatives could reach an agreement today. It had ended inconclusively yesterday.

The agitating doctors, on Wednesday, had forwarded a 22-point demand during the talks with government officials. However, the officials said that amendments could not be made to the National Medical Education Bill as per Dr KC's demands.