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The Delhi Police detained several resident doctors who marched to the Supreme Court in protest against the delay in NEET 2021 counseling.

A writ petition has been moved in the Top Court seeking a direction to the Commissioner of Police Delhi to initiate an inquiry and take stern action against Delhi police personnel who were involved in the incident of physical assault on the protesting resident doctors.

The letter petition addressed to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana has been moved by Delhi-based Advocate Vineet Jindal and it further seeks a direction to the Government Of India to form a committee to address the issues related to doctors concerned.

According to the lawyer for resident doctors, this mass protest has resulted because the Union Health Ministry has not taken any concrete steps to expedite NEET-PG counselling.

The petitioner in its letter has urged the Supreme Court for an early hearing on the matter pertaining to the economic reservation in the NEET-PG course and initiate day-to-day hearings in the matter.

He also sought directions from the government of India to form a committee to address the issues related to the doctors protesting.

In that letter it’s clearly stated about resident doctors problems "For last two years, the doctors have given exemplary service in the emergency faced during COVID19. They were well applauded by the nation for their commendable efforts and devotion towards serving health care. The second wave of COVID-19 has already left an indelible impact on the lives of people. Now we are again facing a crisis of the third wave and are in extreme need of best health care services owing to the current situation of an omicron outbreak".

Importantly, the Federation of Resident Doctors' Association (FORDA) is leading the protest with a demand that NEET PG Counseling be conducted at the earliest so that the doctors who have qualified for PG Course exams may get admission in their allotted colleges.

Generally, the counseling for NEET PG takes place in March, however, due to COVID-19, the entire process got delayed in 2021 and even though the exams took place in September 2021, the Counseling process is yet to begin.

Earlier, some 70-80 doctors blocked the road on Bahadur Shah Zafar during protests and reportedly tried to block both carriageways. The police then took some protesting doctors into custody.

A clash ensued between the police and the doctors. After that, some doctors allegedly broke the glasses of the police vehicle.

Police detained 12 doctors, who were later released. As many as seven policemen received minor injuries.