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Strike on hold till Assembly elections

Medicos suspended their agitation till May 12 after HRD Minister apologised for police lathicharge. In pics: Docs' stir

india Updated: Apr 27, 2006 19:02 IST

Students of five premier medical colleges on Thursday suspended their agitation till May 12 after HRD Minister Arjun Singh apologised to them for the police lathicharge and promised to talk to them on the controversial reservation proposal once the assembly elections are over.

Differences broke out immediately among the students with a section insisting that the strike should go on.

The students, who had a meeting with Arjun Singh at his residence, later met at India Gate and announced their decision to "suspend" their strike till May 12, a day after the counting of votes in the Assembly elections will be over.

"We have not called off our strike. We are only putting it on hold till May 12 and we hope the minister will meet us as per the assurance he has given to us. If he goes back on the assurance, then we should not be held responsible for what happens after that," Sujit Shukla and Anirudh Lochan, representatives of the striking students, told reporters after their meeting with Singh.

In a bid to reach out to the angry students, the Minister issued a statement in the morning apologising to them for the police action against them on Wednesday and called them over for a meeting.

During the meeting the students demanded that the government "rollback" the proposal to reserve 27 per cent seats in Central institutions in backward castes.