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Medico suicide: Junior doctors demand arrest of Dr Lakshmi

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GUNTUR: The Government General Hospital (GGH) campus witnessed uproarious scenes on Friday.

The Junior doctors stepped up the protest demanding dismissal of Prof VAA Lakshmi, accused of being responsible for suicide by PG student B Sandhya Rani . The junior doctors criticised the police for failing to arrest the professor even six days after Dr Rani’s suicide.

Dr Ravi, husband of PG student B Sandhya Rani also made a suicide attempt after the death of her wife. Dr Ravi, a paediatrician in Nalgonda district, is reportedly depressed following the death of his newly-wed wife and decided to end his life.

Seeing the unrest in GGH, the government rushed a high-level delegation comprising deputy superintendent of GGH, Vijayawada, Dr Vittal, Siddartha Medical college principal Dr Sashank and Nellore GGH superintendent, Dr Bharati to negotiate with the students and probe the issue. The team visited the GGH and held negotiations with junior doctors.

The team said the government had already placed Dr Lakshmi under suspension and is willing to initiate further disciplinary action after the receipt of the inquiry report. However, the junior doctors refused to budge an inch and made it clear that they would resume duties only after the dismissal of Prof Lakshmi. Although the committee promised to do justice to the victim student, the junior doctors took out a rally in the city and met district collector Kantilal Dande and SP Sarvasrestha Triapathi.

Following their representation, the district collector appointed another probe committee headed by local RDO to investigate the matter.

SP Triapthi promised that they have formed three special teams to nab the accused and exuded confidence that she would would arrested shortly. Sources said that Dr Lakshmi sent a letter to GGH superintendent Dr Raju Naidu seeking one month leave.

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