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Reservation: Medical students clash with police

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, May 12 :Chanting slogans against Human Resources Development Minister Arjun Singh and the Government to protest the latest reservation proposal, hundreds of medical students clashed with police today as they tried to force their way towards the Prime Minister's office.

Police used water cannons and fired a few rounds of teargas shells at the students who had assembled in the India Gate lawns after marching through the central business district of Connaught Place from Lady Hardinge College.

Traffic on the route was thrown off gear because of the protest.

Police said six students were detained briefly for blocking traffic on Rajpath. Two students sustained bruises as they fell down when police used the water cannon.

The students resumed their agitation today to press for a statement from the Government on the proposed 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in centres of higher learning.

Students from Delhi's five medical colleges, under the banner of 'Youth for Equality', with support from United Students', Youth for Justice and other organisations, said the Prime Minister should break his silence on the issue at the earliest.

The students have been agitating since April 27. They have been boycotting lectures and OPD services.

Representatives of the medical students -- from Maulana Azad Medical College, Lady Hardinge Medical College, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, University College of Medical Sciences and Vardhaman Mahavir Medical College -- had met Mr Arjun Singh on April 27.

According to the agitating students, he had declined to discuss the issue till after the elections at the meeting.

The students had clashed with police and were teargassed on April 26 also when they tried to reach Mr Singh's residence enmasse to petition him against the proposed move.


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