Docs Protest in Delhi; GMC Shuts for 2nd Day

NEW DELHI: Class work remained suspended for the second day running in GMC Srinagar while doctors hailing from J&K Friday staged protests at Jantar Mantar and outside 10-Janpath, the official residence of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi, against the BOPEE CET paper scam.

Holding the state government responsible for the BOPEE Scam the doctors demanded thorough probe and harsh punishment for those involved.

In Delhi the protesting doctors alleged that extension was granted to former BOPEE chairman Mushtaq Ahmed Pir with the consent of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. The doctors working in different hospitals of New Delhi, including Safdar Jung, Metro Heart and Hindu Rao Hospitals staged a peaceful sit-in in front of Sonia Gandhi’s 10 Janpath residence. They were carrying placards and banners seeking punishment for the guilty involved in CET scam and immediate removal of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

The doctors also staged a peaceful protest at Jantar Mantar describing BOPEE fraud a shame for the Jammu and Kashmir government. “This scam has tarnished the image of J&K doctors all over country and we demand stringent punishment for Mushtaq Pir,” senior resident Metro Heart Institute Dr Garv Sharma said over phone from New Delhi.

Another senior resident from Safdar Jung Hospital Dr Khalid Ahmed said that at least 250 doctors from Jammu and Kashmir state working in different hospitals of New Delhi staged protest at 10 Janpath and urged upon UPA chairperson to expose the big guns involved in the scam. “We presented a memorandum to Sonia Gandhi in which we demanded action against the state Chief Minister for granting extension to Mushtaq Pir,” he said.

“Officials at 10 Janpath gave us a positive response and we hope Central Government will intervene into the matter so that tainted officials and students could be exposed and punished,” said Dr Basharat from Hindu Rao Hospital.

GMC students boycott classes for 2nd day

Students at the Government Medical College Srinagar continued boycott of their classes for the second consecutive day Friday demanding immediate disqualification of tainted students admitted in lieu of money. 

“We will not attend the classes till guilty students are not shown door. Our reputation is at stake as people cast doubts on the genuine students as well,” said one protesting student.

“These students must be disqualified as they are the source of disrepute and authorities at least should not allow them to enter into college till matter is closed,” he said.

No Agency approached us: Principal GMC

Justifying student protests, GMC, Principal Friday said that they can’t disqualify any students till facts are not established.    

“Neither Crime Branch nor any other investigating agency has approached us in this regard so far. Till facts are not established, tainted students can’t be expelled from the college,” said Dr Rafiq Ahmed Pampori. He said strike of students was genuine as their reputation was at stake.

He said that whatever information we are getting so far is coming all from media. “Whatever happened was not good. So many things will come out now. Ultimately it is the hardworking students who are feeling the brunt of this paper leak and selling scam,” Dr Pampori said.

Replying to a question, GMC Principal said that things were not clear yet. “We are not in a position to take any decision right now. Surely, students allegedly involved in this scam will face music after facts get established,” he said. 

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