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UP govt invokes ESMA against striking doctors

03:19 PM Jun 01, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

Lucknow/Kanpur: Acting tough, UP government on Wednesday clamped Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) against striking doctors after Allahabad High Court directed it to transfer police officials and ordered a judicial probe to end the deadlock arising out of the stir, but the medicos said they would not back down.

As the strike entered the sixth day on Wednesday, the government said it was invoking the Essential Services Maintenance Act amidst reports of deaths in different districts of the state due to the strike to ensure that patients do not suffer any longer.

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Kanpur DM Roshan Jacob said all striking doctors and other employees at GSV Medical College have been directed to return to work following the invoking of ESMA, failing which action would be taken against them.            Stepping in to end the deadlock, the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court directed UP government to transfer SSP, Kanpur, Yashaswi Yadav, and other officials involved in the February 28 incident, but clarified that it was only to resolve the situation and should not be taken as a “stigma” on the officials.

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Taking suo motu cognisance, the Lucknow bench comprising justices Imtiyaz Murtaza and Devendra Kumar Upadhaya directed a probe by retired Justice VK Mathur into the matter.

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