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Anti-quota spur suspended till winter session

By Super

New Delhi, Aug 25: The Youth for Equality, which has been spearheading the anti-quota stir in the capital, today said it was suspending its protest till the winter session of Parliament.

''We are calling off our protests with immediate effect,'' All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Resident Doctor's Association President and Youth for Equality leader Binod Patra said.

He said the step was taken since the quota bill had been referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee. ''It is a moral victory for us. We are suspending our stir till the winter session of Parliament,'' he said.

AIIMS resident doctors, who were on a mass casual leave for the second day, would resume duties, he added.

Earlier, scores of slogan-shouting anti-quota students and medicos were detained during a protest that stalled traffic in central Delhi even as the controversial reservation bill was tabled in Parliament. The anti-reservationists, including students of medical colleges, IIT, and various universities, and resident doctors from across the city took out a protest rally from the Jantar Mantar under the watchful eyes of police and RAF jawans, deployed in strength.

Police moved in and bundled scores of activists, including women, into buses as they blocked traffic on Janpath. The rally also disrupted traffic movement in the central business district of Connaught Place.

Angry protestors were seen breaking the window panes of the police buses even as they were being detained.

The march started from Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) and reached Jantar Mantar where heavy police deployment was made.

The stir has hit medical services with students of three premier medical colleges joining the protests and resident doctors from AIIMS and MAMC remaining on mass casual leave.

Essential services in AIIMS yesterday functioned normally. But OPD services were affected with patients having to wait in long queues for their turn.

Out of the resident doctors on mass leave in AIIMS, 300 remained in the institute to attend the patients.''We do not want to cause any inconvinience to the patients and that is why 300 resident doctors remained in the Institute and attend to patients if required.'' Several anti-reservation protestors were injured and scores detained during a demonstration in the capital yesterday as police used water cannon and teargas to stop them from marching towards the Supreme Court.

Police used water cannon and teargas shells to disperse scores of demonstrators as they were trying to form a ''human chain'' near the court and submit a memorandum to the court registrar.

Angry students and residents doctors, raising anti-government, anti-reservation and anti-Arjun Singh slogans and carrying flags and placards, held demonstrations near India Gate against the Government's move to implement OBC quota in institutes of higher education.

While the protestors, wearing black arm bands, were trying to move towards the Supreme Court, where prohibitory orders are in place, Rapid Action Force and Delhi police stopped them.

The medicos are back on the streets in protest over the same issue within almost three months of the 20-day strike in May when the Supreme Court had asked them to call off their agitation.

The government had assured them that their concerns regarding OBC reservation will be addressed.

The angry medical students and few resident doctors, from all medical colleges across the city, sought details from the government on the implementation of 27 per cent OBC reservation in higher educational institutes.


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