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War of words between pro, anti-quota groups

Sparks flew when activists and medicos battling for and against quota hike in educational institutions came face-to-face.

india Updated: May 17, 2006 18:40 IST

Sparks flew when activists and medicos battling for and against the quota hike in elite educational institutions on Wednesday came face-to-face at the AIIMS leading to a verbal duel amongst them.

The All India Christian Minorities Committee, Prajapita Mahasabha and the Pro-Reservation Front led by emerging Dalit leader Udit Raj entered the premier healthcare institute shouting slogans against the agitating medicos.

A war of words ensued between the medicos and the pro-reservation activists as police tried to stop them from moving further inside the AIIMS.

The protesting students claimed that police had deliberately allowed the pro-reservation activists inside the institute.

"None of the pro-reservation activists is a student. Police is to be blamed for their presence here," Jiten Jaipuria, a student of the Vardhaman Mahavir Medical College said.

He said political parties were trying to divide the striking students by sending their activists to try and dissuade the medicos from the agitation.

About 100 students of five premier medical colleges of the capital have been on a hunger strike at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences since Sunday demanding rollback of the proposed OBC quotas in educational institutes and review of the reservation policy.

At least 20 students have taken ill since Tuesday due to the indefinite hunger strike. Some of them had rejoined the agitation after medical treatment.

First Published: May 17, 2006 15:00 IST