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Aparna Sen joins doctors' protest, won't accept any award from state government

Actor-producer Dev Adhikari, who is also a member of the ruling Trinamool Congress, also expressed concern over the security of the doctors.

Roushni Sarkar

National award-winning filmmaker and actress Aparna Sen has joined the protest of doctors across West Bengal against the inhuman attack on a junior doctor at the NRS Medical College, Kolkata, on Monday night.

A mob of nearly 200 people attacked the doctor following the death of a patient. The doctor was badly beaten up and suffered a fractured skull.

While junior doctors have stopped services demanding increased security for them in government hospitals, chief minister Mamata Banerjee has threatened them instead, asking them to withdraw their protests within four hours or be thrown out of their hostels.

Instead of condemning the attack on the junior doctor, she also went on to give the issue a political colour by blaming the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party for the ruckus.

However, doctors from various institutions and hospitals inside and outside the state have expressed their solidarity with the junior doctors and joined the protests. Teachers of the RG Kar Medical College have sent in their resignation en masse. 

Aparna Sen also announced that she would not accept any award from the state government. Actor-producer Dev Adhikari, who is also a member of the ruling Trinamool Congress, also expressed concern over the security of the doctors, but urged them to return to work in the interest of patients.

While the protest continues, junior doctors are providing services to needy patients informally in various government hospitals and health centres.