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Students demonstrate after police stops their meeting

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New Delhi, May 6 (UNI) Students, agitating against the proposed increase in OBC quota in Central government educational institutions, today held a demonstration here after police stopped them from holding a scheduled meeting to decide their future course of action.

Police had sealed the meeting venue-- the Shankar Lal Hall in Delhi University's North campus-- even before representatives of the United Students, the Bharat Uday Mission and the Youth for Equality assembled there.

Police personnel were posted outside the auditorium in large numbers.

The angry students said the police failed to provide the reason for not allowing them to hold the meeting and stage the protest.

''This is complete and gross violation of our fundamental rights... We were scheduled to hold a peaceful meeting here. This is a deliberate attempt to jeopardise the agitation,'' said Mr Aditayaraj Kaul, spokesperson for the United Students.

He said the conference had been called to chalk out the future strategy of the students demanding rollback of the proposal to provide 27 per cent reservation to OBCs in Central government educational institutions.

''The agenda for the convention was how to take the agitation forward and coordination among various organisations,'' he added.

Medical students of all five Delhi Colleges along with those from the Delhi University, the IP University, several schools, IIT and JNU will hold a candlelight march from AIIMS to Safdarjung hospital tonight.

''We are hopeful that several more organisations will come out in our support,'' AIIMS Students' Union spokesperson Sasmit Sarangi told UNI.

The medical students, who are on an indefinite strike since April 27, are also meeting this evening to decide their future strategy.

On May 4, a five-member delegation of the United Students, which represents students from the Delhi University, the IP University and several schools, submitted a 21-point memorandum to President A P J Abdul Kalam against the quota proposal.

On May 2 the students held peaceful demonstrations against the proposal. They raised anti-government, anti-Arjun Singh slogans and marched to Jantar Mantar after gathering at Maulana Azad Medical College near ITO here.

Student under the 'Youth for Equality' banner said on May 12, medical students from all over India would gather in Delhi for a ''mass rally'' to highlight the issue.

The students of Maulana Azad Medical College, Lady Hardinge Medical College, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, University College of Medical Sciences and Vardhaman Mahavir Medical College have boycotted lectures and stayed away from OPD services.

Meanwhile, the All India Bahujan Students' Campaign for Reservation today held a ''pro-reservation'' rally from Ambedkar Stadium to Jantar Mantar here.

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