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Rioting case against protesting docs

india Updated: Aug 24, 2006 23:30 IST
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Striking work, anti-quota medicos and students on Thursday took their protests to the doors of the Supreme Court where they clashed with police who registered a case of rioting against them.

Several agitators were injured when police burst teargas shells and fired water attempts to enter an area where prohibitory orders were in place.cannons to disperse the protestors who tried to break the security cordon in

A large number of resident doctors of key Delhi hospitals went on a mass casual leave and joined medical and university students in a protest demonstration near the Supreme Court where several of them courted arrest.

Police picked up scores of protestors in the afternoon and kept them under detention before releasing them late in the night. A case of rioting has been registered against the medicos but no one has been named.

The anti-quota agitation is expected to intensify further on Friday when the Government tables in Lok Sabha the bill providing reservation of seats for backward class students in educational institutions like the IITs and IIMs.

The protestors had planned to form a human chain and a silent sit-in demonstration to voice their opposition to the Centre's move but were stopped by the police.

However, healthcare services at AIIMS, Maulana Azad Medical College and Hindu Rao Hospital were not affected as consultant doctors and faculty members attended patients at the OPDs and emergency and casualty wards.

"All services and facilities are functioning normally," AIIMS spokesperson Shakti Gupta said.

Rapid Action Force and policemen were deployed in large numbers and the agitating students were stopped about 100 meters from the apex court premises.

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