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Medicos' stir to continue

Earlier, medicos decided to suspend agitation after HRD Minister apologised for lathicharge. In pics

india Updated: Apr 28, 2006 22:44 IST

Amidst differences, the protesting medical students on Thursday decided to continue their strike saying they were not satisfied with HRD Minister Arjun Singh's response to their demand for roll-back of the proposal for reservation of seats for backward castes in elite and Central educational institutions.

In a flip flop after their meeting with Arjun Singh, the students' delegation announced suspension of their agitation till May 12 when the Assembly elections will be over.

However, immediately after the announcement, differences cropped up with a major section of the students insisting that the protest should continue.

"Either Arjun Singh or the Prime Minister should come up with a statement either in print or electronic media that they had taken back the proposal. Only then we will call off the strike," said Anirudh Lochan of University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS).

Earlier, the students were invited by Arjun Singh, who apologised for Wednesday's police action against them.

However, Arjun Singh refused to discuss the reservation issue with the protesting students on the plea that the Assembly elections were on and he was bound by the Election Commission directive asking him not to speak on the issue.

Accusing Singh of "hiding behind the Election Commission", the students said they were not satisfied with his assurances.

While the medical students will continue boycotting their classes, the resident doctors and interns, who were on a day-long token strike, will resume their duties from Friday.