GUWAHATI, Aug 22 - The Red Cross Discharged Employees Union withdrew its hunger strike last evening after the Kamrup Metro district administration assured its members of instituting a magisterial inquiry into the charges of corruption levelled by them against the Hospital authority.
The Union had started their indefinite hunger strike in the premises of the Red Cross Hospital at Chandmari here on Monday, demanding a thorough inquiry into the corruption that has allegedly taken place in the hospital in the past 36 years.
�We have withdrawn our hunger strike after Additional Deputy Commissioner Prasanta Pratim Kathkotia assured us of a probe. We have given 30 days time to the district administration and if it does not take any step within this period, then we will have to resume our agitation,� Phatik Das, general secretary of the Union, said in a statement.
�We have adequate evidence against the persons who have misappropriated public money in the Hospital. No action has yet been taken by the district administration and the State government to probe the anomalies,� Das said, pointing out that they have been protesting against the corruption for the past 19 years.
The Union also demanded that the present management committee of the hospital be dissolved and a new one be formed with inclusion of new members who can rescue the Hospital from the brink of closure.