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Scuffle between doctors, police in Gujarat

Meanwhile about 5000 pvt clinics, hospitals in Ahmedabad have called for a `medical bandh' extending their support.

india Updated: May 30, 2006 15:08 IST

Hundreds of doctors and medical students on Tuesday took out a huge anti-quota rally in Gujarat and blocked traffic, leading to a scuffle between the protestors and the police.

The slogan-shouting agitators, carrying banners and placards, took out a rally on the Ashram road and blocked traffic at the Income Tax circle, police said.

As police tried to remove them, a scuffle broke out, they said adding that the blockade was removed, allowing smooth flow of traffic.

A student of BJ Medical College said, "Police pushed some of the agitating students and doctors and one of them also hit us with sticks. Following this a scuffle broke out between us and the police. However, they later apologised for their action."

The rally was organised under the banner of the Ahmedabad Medical Association.

Meanwhile about 5000 private clinics and hospitals in the city have called for a `medical bandh' to extend support to the striking medicos. Ahmedabad Dental Association has also extended their support to the bandh.

Also the 26 students of BJ Medical College continued with their strike as the anti-quota stir entered the 16th day in the state on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, members of Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Gujarat Chemist Assocition and Naroda and Narol Business Association have extended their support to the striking medicos.

Naroda and Narol Businessmen's Assocation has observed bandh in their areas today in support of the striking medicos.

Mrugesh Buch of Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry said all the members of the GCCI have unanimously decided at a meeting held on Saturday, to support the striking medicos.

"Strike cannot bring solution to the reservation problem but we have to fight in some way to make the government understand that this step would prove to be divisive for the country," he said in a reply to a question on Supreme Court directive to medicos to end strike in interest of the patients.

A student of BJ Medical College said they would act as per the direction of their counterparts in Delhi.

Meanwhile, the state government has made alternate arrangements to run government and Ahmedabad Munciapal Corproation-run hospitals in the city.

About 70 medical officers, working under the state government have been deployed in various hospitals while emergency services and OPDs in City Civil Hospital were functoning.

First Published: May 30, 2006 15:08 IST