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Mock funeral procession taken out

FURTHER INTENSIFYING their agitation against OBC quota, about 200 students, junior doctors and inmates of the Allahabad University hostels took out a mock funeral procession of the Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh and Congress-led UPA Government on Tuesday. The procession led by office-bearers of the Junior Doctors? Association, MLN Medical College, started from Bade Hanumanji near Bandh and concluded at Sangam.

india Updated: May 31, 2006 00:07 IST

OPD services remain paralysed

FURTHER INTENSIFYING their agitation against OBC quota, about 200 students, junior doctors and inmates of the Allahabad University hostels took out a mock funeral procession of the Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh and Congress-led UPA Government on Tuesday.

The procession led by office-bearers of the Junior Doctors’ Association, MLN Medical College, started from Bade Hanumanji near Bandh and concluded at Sangam.

The junior doctors with the help of local ‘pandas’ also performed symbolic last rites of Arjun Singh, to vent their ire against the reservation policy. A large number of undergraduate students of MLN Medical College also participated in the mock funeral procession.

Meanwhile, the OPD services remained paralysed at both the Swaroop Rani Nehru and SN Children’s Hospitals, leading to a mass exodus of patients to other hospitals. This was the 16th day when the OPD services remained closed at both the hospitals.

The indefinite relay hunger strike of medicos entered the 8th day on Tuesday. As many as 15 students and junior doctors observed hunger strike to protest against the reservation policy.

The JDA president Dr Neeraj said a meeting would be held in the late evening to discuss future course of action. The appeal made by the Supreme Court would also be taken into account, while deciding the strategy, he added.

“However, the mock funeral procession of Arjun Singh was taken out as a mark of protest and to give the message that they were determined to push forward their anti-quota demand,” he said.

Varanasi
STEPPING UP the 15-day-long anti-reservation campaign, the undergraduate and postgraduate medical students of Banaras Hindu University have decided to go on ‘fast unto death’ from Thursday.

On the other hand, the faculty members of the Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS-BHU) under the banner of Association of Teachers of Modern Medicine today extended their support to striking medicos and decided to observe a one-day token strike on Wednesday (May 31).

Office-bearers and members of the Association held a general body meeting on Tuesday and decided to go on a one-day mass leave to show their solidarity with the striking medicos across the country.

“It was decided unanimously that we would go on a one-day mass leave on Wednesday against the reservation policy of the Union Government and show our solidarity with the medical students,” said Dr SK Gupta, a member of the Association.

The infuriated medical students have decided to step up their anti-reservation stir and observe fast-unto-death from Thursday. “We have decided to observe ‘fast unto death’ to register our protest against the wrong policies of the Union Government from Thursday,” Dr Mahesh P Kate, general secretary of the Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) told Hindustan Times here on Tuesday.

Apart from this, the students of IMS-BHU also intensified their ongoing anti-reservation protest agitation with a total of 1- medicos going on a 48-hour relay hunger strike here on Tuesday. The 10 undergraduate and postgraduate students including Dr Aditya Gupta, Dr Manav Agrawal, Dr Dinesh Mishra, Dr Sunny Garg, Dr Nitin Sharma, Dr Atul Bhardwaj, Dr Priya Tiwari, Dr Swati Gupta, Dr Shraddha Goel and Dr Punam Singh went on a 48-hour relay hunger strike on Tuesday morning.

Kanpur
STUDENTS OF the IIT-Kanpur on Tuesday claimed it was the first day when their parents joined them in a hunger strike against the proposed reservation for OBCs. The claim came even as a fresh batch of students participated in the hunger strike which entered its third day. Besides, several citizens and professors came out in their support and met them at the strike venue.

First Published: May 31, 2006 00:07 IST