Burla: Normal life was affected in Burla of Odisha’s Sambalpur district today due to observance of a 12-hour bandh by the Burla Sachetana Nagarika Manch protesting action by the State Government against Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) Director Dr Aswini Kumar Pujahari for his alleged unethical clinical practices.
While vehicular movement came to a grinding halt, educational institutions, offices and banks remained closed in view of the bandh. The agitators staged blockade at various places here by burning tyres.
The manch has demanded re-appointment of Pujahari as the director of VIMSAR. Policemen have been deployed in the locality to avoid any untoward incident during the bandh.
Notably, the State Government had asked Pujahari to go on leave on December 7. He was also served a show-cause notice and directed to remain on leave till his reply is received and disposed by the State Government.
The action came in the wake of cease-work agitation by the Junior Doctors’ Association (JDA) of the VIMSAR and a police complaint lodged against him for allegedly conducting experimental surgeries on poor and destitute patients using salt as hypertonic saline which contained low sodium.
The State government has appointed Director of Regional Spinal Injury Centre at Cuttack, Dr Prakash Chandra Mohapatra as in-charge of VIMSAR Director.