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Gujarat medicos call off anti-quota strike

Medical students and junior doctors in Gujarat's government hospitals called off their anti-reservation strike Wednesday evening, taking a cue from their New Delhi counterparts who ended their agitation after a Supreme Court order.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 00:16 IST

Medical students and junior doctors in Gujarat's government hospitals called off their anti-reservation strike Wednesday evening, taking a cue from their New Delhi counterparts who ended their agitation after a Supreme Court order.

Representatives of the protesting students and doctors at the BJ Medical College in Ahmedabad announced that they had terminated their strike respecting the apex court's order.

The Supreme Court had warned the striking medicos that strong action would be taken against them if its orders asking them to return to their work were ignored.

Medicos were on strike to protest the central government's decision to reserve 27 percent seats in central education institutions for the other backward classes (OBCs) from the next year.

The striking medicos here were earlier awaiting a decision from the doctors and students protesting in New Delhi.

After the national capital's students and doctors called off their strike, a meeting was held at the Civil Hospital campus here to discuss the situation and it was decided to call off the agitation that was on for more than a fortnight.

The strike at the hospitals run by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and at the SSG Hospital, Vadodara, was also called off.

"The students will begin attending their classes from tomorrow (Thursday) and 450 junior doctors are resuming their duty from 9 pm today (Wednesday)," said Dhiren Thakkar, the president of the SSG Junior Doctors' Association.

First Published: Jun 01, 2006 00:16 IST