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JAMMU: The chain hunger strike resumed by the AIIMS Coordination Committee (AIIMS CC) demanding the setting up of an AIIMS here entered its sixth consecutive day on Sunday with 40 lawyers taking their turn to sit for the protest.
“40 lawyers from Jammu are sitting on the fast which has entered sixth day today,” Abhinav Sharma, Chairman of the AIIMC CC said.
Sharma expressed hope that the three days Jammu Bandh call given by AIIMS CC would be a grand success as the organisation has support of all the trade and transport unions of Jammu region.
“See the sentiments of every Jammu resident is hurt by the betrayal of BJP. The people in Jammu are no longer going to tolerate this discrimination and they know what shifting of AIIMS from Jammu to Kashmir means,” Sharma said.
He said that entire Jammu region does not a have a better health care facility and having an AIIMS would have benefited the people of Jammu.
“For a small ailment, people of Jammu either go to Chandigarh or New Delhi, having an AIIMS in Jammu would have mitigated their problems. People here are united in their resolve to get AIIMS for Jammu,” he said.
Sharma said that no representative from the government has so far tried to contact the AIIMS CC. In Jammu, several opposition parties have also attacked the BJP leadership in the State over the issue and demanded resignation of the BJP leaders who were signatories to the written assurance.
The State unit of Congress has also extended its support to the AIIMS CC as the party has been targeting the BJP leadership including Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh for his failure to get an ‘appropriate order’ to set up AIIMS in Jammu. “The Deputy Chief Minister who has miserably failed to fulfill his written commitment with the people of Jammu must immediately resign taking the moral responsibility,” Gurjeet Singh a member of AIIMS CC said.
Speaking on the occasion, senior advocate and former JKHCBA, Jammu, Bhupinder Singh Slathia, said that the authorities are testing the patience of the people of Jammu region but they should remember that they are dealing with the people of Jammu region who cannot be cowed down. He further said that the people of Jammu got their demands fulfilled in the past by taking course to agitational methods and they will force the biased authorities to set up an AIIMS in Jammu, if not today, tomorrow, and added that the authorities have to reckon with them whatever they think about them.
Those who sat on the chain hunger strike that entered its sixth day today included former JKHCBA Jammu Presidents Bhupinder Singh Slathia and Daljeet Singh Saini, Advocates Chander Mohan Sharma, Pawan Kumar Manni, Ravinder Raina, Mino Koul, Vikram Sharma, Baldev Singh, Sudershan Sharma, Ravinder Sharma, Sarfraz Hamid Rather, Zameel Qazmi, Sandeep Singh, B.K Bhat, Rajesh Singh Lalotra, Vinod Saini, Naresh Sharma, Manish Chopra, Sourav Vyas, Rahul Sharma, Siddarth Sharma, Vijay Kumar Gupta, Deepak Basak, Parshotam Raj Sharma, Ajay Singh Sahi, Ajay Sharma, Jai Kumar Bhat, Shiekh Aleem, Anju Sharma, Rozina Afzal, Deep Sharma, Suhasani Vashisht, Menaakshi Slathia, Shazia Bano, Ashwini Kumar, Bhanu Bhat, Pranav Kohli, Vice-President JKHCBA, Jammu, Rajesh Kumar, G.S Gill, Puneet Kohli, Rohit Kohli, Intekhab Shah, Aftab Malik, Farhan Mirza, Arun Dev Singh, Vikas Mahajan and V.K Sharma. Among others who addressed the gathering included President Shri Amar Kashtriya Rajput Sabha, Narayan Singh, Prof Hari Om, Madan Lal Abrol, General Secretary, All J and K Pensioners Association, Advocate Rajesh Thapa, Madan Rangila, Vice-President, Doordarshan Approved Artists and Advocate Deepa Sharma.
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