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15 hurt as police, quota supporters clash in Patna

They later targeted the cameramen who had gathered to cover the protest and started beating them with sticks and other objects.

india Updated: May 19, 2006 15:18 IST

Fifteen people, including four photo-journalists and some policemen, were injured in a bout that pursued between policemen and pro-quota protesters on Friday.

Students from various medical colleges in Bihar alleged the media and police were trying to "suppress" the Centre's proposal to introduce 27 per cent reservations for OBCs in premier educational institutions.

Hundreds of pro-quota agitators took out a procession from the Gandhi Maidan to the Dak Bunglow roundabout, where they burnt effigies to protest the opposition to the Union Human Resource Ministry's initiative to reserve seats for OBCs.

They later targeted the cameramen who had gathered to cover the protest and started beating them with sticks and other objects.

Some of them also suffered head injuries and were sent to the Patna Medical College and Hospital for treatment, officials said.

Senior Police Superintendent Kundan Krishnan said that apart from the cameramen and journalists, the protestors also attacked policemen with sticks, injuring four of them.