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City ready to protest quota...

TO PROTEST against the government-proposed quota hike in higher institutions, a one-day hunger strike is likely to be organised in the city on June 18 in which about 10,000 citizens will take part to express solidarity with thousands of students preparing for their competitive examinations.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2006 00:03 IST

...if district magistrate permits

TO PROTEST against the government-proposed quota hike in higher institutions, a one-day hunger strike is likely to be organised in the city on June 18 in which about 10,000 citizens will take part to express solidarity with thousands of students preparing for their competitive examinations.

However, an official in the district magistrate’s office said, “Members of the Forum of Indians against Reservation (FIR) come on Sunday, seeking an appointment with the DM Anurag Srivastava regarding permission for the strike. But, with the DM not being available, FIR delegation is likely to call on him on Monday.”

When ADM (City) Abrar Ahmed was queried about the issue, he expressed ignorance but added, “Let the students bring up the matter. Only then will the administration take into the consideration the law and order situation before allotting a place for the strike.” On the other hand, all efforts to contact DM went in vain.

Meanwhile, the picture has become clear as regards the three-day national level anti-reservation meeting in Bangalore from June 16. FIR member, Chandrashekhar, who is going to take part in the meeting, while talking to Hindustan Times said, “A three-member delegation from each State is going to attend the Bangalore meeting. A Banaras Hindu University medico and a student of a college, either from Meerut or Allahabad is going to accompany me.”

Meanwhile, an AIIMS medico who has been camping in the city for the last several days, held a meeting with GSVM Medical College medicos on Sunday.

A medico who attended the meeting told HT, “We have decided to show our solidarity with IITians sitting on indefinite relay hunger strike.” He also did not rule out the possibility of relay hunger strike being held on GSVM medical college premises without hampering medical services.

On Sunday evening, IIT-K professors along with FIR members held a joint press conference on IIT-K premises. Most of the professors have given moral support to students sitting on hunger strike.

First Published: Jun 12, 2006 00:03 IST