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Anti-quota protesters clash with police
Tribune News Service

Medical students and doctors try to push through the police barricade during the demonstration against the OBC quota in Delhi on Tuesday
Medical students and doctors try to push through the police barricade during the demonstration against the OBC quota in Delhi on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

New Delhi, August 22
The police today used water cannon and lobbed tear gas shells to disperse a section of the anti- quota students protesting against the government’s decision to introduce a Bill in Parliament proposing reservations in government aided elite educational institutions.

A number of students were injured, though not seriously, when a scuffle broke out between the police and a section of the students when they tried to break the cordon and march towards Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s residence.

Three months after they had taken to the streets, anti-quota medicos and students today gathered to stage a rally at the Jantar Mantar here once again in protest against the decision of the Cabinet to introduce a Bill in Parliament.

A large number of students from Indraprastha University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, IIT-Delhi and from medical colleges converged at the Jantar Mantar demanding the immediate reversal of the Cabinet decision taken late last night.

Chanting anti-government slogans and holding Tricolours, the agitating students said they would go to any extreme to persuade the government to reconsider its decision.

“Earlier, we had called off our agitation following the Supreme Court directive. The apex court should tell the government to reconsider the Cabinet decision as the matter is sub judice,” Mr Anil Sharma, spokesperson for the AIIMS Resident Doctors’ Association, said.

He said the medicos were consulting legal experts and would move the Supreme Court against the government decision tomorrow.

Criticising the government, Mr Sharma said the medicos’ agitation would continue with the same intensity as the May anti-quota protests. “Though we have not decided to go on a strike we are keeping our options open and it would be the last resort,” he said, adding that the students were being mobilised across the country and a national agitation could be launched soon.

Mr Sharma claimed that the government had taken the decision to introduce reservations under pressure from some of its allies like the PMK, the DMK and the Left parties.




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