Police arrest more than a dozen doctors supporting Dr KC

NMA, National Medical Education Bill, Dr Govinda KC

KATHMANDU, Feb 1: Police arrested more than a dozen of doctors on Friday, who were staging protest in support of agitating Dr Govinda KC, from Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital.

The police arrested about 17 doctors associated with Nepal Medical Association (NMA) from outside the hospital, where Dr KC has been staging his 16th fast-unto-death demanding revision in the National Medical Education Bill 2075.

The NMA on Thursday, decided to shut down all the health services except emergency across the country in protest against the government’s move to endorse the bill at the parliament, in support of Dr KC. The association also urged all the private and individual health workers to cooperate their protest.

Metropolitan Police Range Kathmandu’s spokesperson Hobindra Bogati said the doctors were arrested as they tried to block the road holding a demonstration.

According to him, the arrested doctors have been kept at the Nepal Police Club. Among the doctors held by police are Dr Sumit Pandey, Dr Bishal Agrawal and Dr Hemanta Bastola.

The doctors, however, claimed that the police arrested them while they were organizing a peaceful rally.

Basic health services which are the right of the common people have been adversely affected at the hospital after demonstrations started to be organised at the hospital premises for and against Dr KC’s demands.