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Not spoken against the profession: Hansraj Ahir on 'doctors should join Naxals' remark

File photo: Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 26, 2017, 11.44 AM (IST)

Union Minister Hansraj Ahir has clarified his statement about calling doctors to "join the Naxals". Ahir said he respects the doctors and the remark was an outburst in anger after a few doctors skipped an event which the minister came to attend.

On Monday, Ahir got upset by the absence of doctors who didn't attend an inauguration ceremony in 24x7 pharmacy store in a government hospital in Chandrapur, Maharashtra.

"The organiser was himself absent. I have not spoken against the profession but a particular doctor. Whatever I said was the civil surgeon and no one else. I respect doctors from the bottom of my heart. I just showed my anger on absence of some doctors from the event," ANI reported Ahir as saying.

At the event, the minister got to know that a civil surgeon was on leave he advised him to "join the Naxals".

Ahir said that he is a minister chosen by democracy and asked why they are on leave knowing his arrival.

He also suggested doctors that if they don't have faith in democracy then they should join the Naxalite movement.

"If there is no faith in democracy, then join the Naxalite movement; we will shoot you. There is no need to distribute tablets here. Naxalism does not like democracy," Ahir said.

Chandrapur is the Ahir's Lok Sabha constituency and the most Naxal affected area including Gadchiroli and Gondia districts.