Jaipur, Dec 19 : Doctors strike across Rajasthan continued to hit the medical services as the stir entered fourth day today, leaving patients in the lurch.
As many as 65 doctors have been arrested in the state till now under the Rajasthan Essential Services Maintenance Act (RESMA) even as strike of in-service doctors continued for the fourth day.
The doctors went on strike on Sunday when police arrested few of them under the act which was invoked on Thursday on doctors’ warning of a strike from December 18.
Many of the in-service doctors, who are on strike, have gone underground and health services have allegedly been hit.
Medical and health services lay crippled in state-run government hospitals and district community centres across the state as around 10,000 doctors went on mass casual leave on Saturday to press their demands, including raise in allowances and cancellation of cases against protesting doctors.
The BJP government had invoked the Rajasthan Essential Services Maintenance Act (RESMA) on Thursday for three months. However, on Friday, the government started random arrest of doctors from different districts.
To protest the harsh act of the government, the doctors went on mass casual leave on Saturday and have since gone underground, with their phones switched off.