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Five more doctors join hunger strike at AIIMS

Resident Doctors' Association claims support from students of IIT-Kanpur and SMS Hospital, Jaipur.

india Updated: Dec 16, 2006 20:56 IST

The anti-quota protests by AIIMS doctors on Saturday received support from more educational institutes even as five more institute residents joined their 20 colleagues on an indefinite hunger strike.

"Five more doctors have joined the 20 doctors on hunger strike," Dr Anil Sharma, spokesman of the AIIMS Resident Doctors' Association, said.

He claimed support from students of IIT-Kanpur and SMS Hospital, Jaipur in their protest against the passage in Lok Sabha of the Bill providing 27 per cent quotas to OBCs in government-aided educational institutions.

"The bill is yet to be introduced in Rajya Sabha and the winter session of Parliament ends on Tuesday. We are watching the developments," he said.

However, he said the doctors would continue to attend duty and services at the AIIMS would not be affected.

AIIMS Administration has banned demonstrations, dharna and rallies within the institute campus.

Fifteen doctors had gone on an indefinite hunger strike Thursday night hours after Lok Sabha passed the OBC Reservation Bill.

"The Bill did not take into account the Veerappa Moily Committee report that had suggested implementation of reservation in a phased manner," Sharma said.

He said the muted response to the protest was due to examinations being conducted by various institutions and more students and doctors would be joining the agitation at a later date.

"Medicos at LNJP and other institutes would be taking a decision once the exams get over," Sharma said.

First Published: Dec 16, 2006 20:56 IST