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MFEO demands probe into AIIMS Director's role in quota-agitation

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New Delhi, July 4 (UNI) A day ahead of the AIIMS general body meeting, the Medicos Forum For Equal Opportunities (MFEO) today again demanded an inquiry into institute Director P Venugopal's role in the anti-reservation agitation.

''Since the anti-reservation agitation came to an end, caste harassment seems to be taking an institutionalised form at AIIMS under the able guidance of the most meritorious doctor of the country and director of AIIMS Dr Venugopal,'' MFEO convenor Vikas Bajpai said here.

He alleged that Dr Venugopla had abetted and encouraged the anti-reservation agitation and ''victimisation'' of reserved category students and doctors in AIIMS.

''A team of Medicos Forum investigated the discrimination being meted out to the reserved category students,'' he added.

''It is under his leadership that the coalition of some members of the faculty, resident doctors and students belonging to the upper castes, have given effect to gheraos, twice of the dean and once of the sub-dean,'' he added.

The forum has already sought President A P J Abdul Kalam's intervention in the issue.

Claiming that the UPA government had adopted a ''vacillating attitude'' on reservation, it alleged that the stand had fuelled upper caste chauvinism.

''It must act to ensure strict implementation of reservation for SC/ST and OBC at the earliest,'' it said.

The delegation demanded that the Government fulfill its promise of increasing the number of seats in higher education such that the interest of general category students are also safeguarded.

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