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Quota stir may snowball

IMA has called for a Delhi and M'rashtra medical bandh.

india Updated: May 15, 2006 11:48 IST

Adding to the heat of anti-quota stir across the country, doctors in Maharashtra and Delhi are likely to cease work and take out silent marches on Monday in protest against police baton-charge on striking medicos in Mumbai on Saturday.

Denouncing the police action as brutal, theIndian Medical Association gave a call for a medical shutdown in Delhi and Maharashtra on Monday, which is likely to cripple health services in both the states.

The Association,highly agitated over the police action, shot off letters to the Prime Minister, the Home Minister and the Congress President demanding stringent action those behind the police "high-handedness".

"We have called for a Delhi and Maharashtra medical bandh on Monday against police brutality," Dr Vinay Aggarwal, IMA Secretary General, said.

Demanding a judicial inquiry into the incident, the IMA said it would stage a protest march from Azad Maidan to Mantralaya in Mumbai on Monday to protest the police action.

Medicos attached to Gujarat government-run colleges said they would observe a day-long strike on Monday in Surat to express solidarity with their counterparts.

At a meeting in Patna, the IMA's Bihar chapter condemned the police action on medicos protesting against proposed quotas for OBCs in elite central educational institutions.

Medical and Engineering students staged a protest march in Bangalore slamming the police action.

Resident doctors of all medical colleges in the New Delhi were already on an indefinitehunger strike demanding fulfilment of their demands.

"We will continue the hunger strike and the agitation till our demands are met," the AIIMS Resident Doctors Association said.

Acknowledging that excessive force was used by police against striking medicos, Maharashtra government ordered a probe into the incident by Mumbai Police Commissioner AN Roy and asked him to submit a report within a week.

On Saturday, Police swung batons to scatter a group of medical students who blocked roads near Raj Bhavan in South Mumbai.

First Published: May 15, 2006 00:24 IST