NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- Six hundred medical residents have been fired in western India for going on strike, officials said.
About 1,400 medical residents at government-run hospitals in Gujarat state have been on strike since July 26 demanding higher stipends, the region's principal health secretary told CNN on Tuesday.
The firing of the 600 residents is just one stage, Ravi Saxena said.
The state government invoked a law that criminalizes strikes that affect essential services, such as those by doctors and transportation workers.
The strike did not affect patient care at state-run hospitals, Saxena added.