Students stage anti-quota protest on apex court lawns

April 25th, 2008 - 6:33 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) A group of about 350 students from premier medical and other colleges held a protest on the lawns of the Supreme Court Friday against the 27 percent quota for other backward classes students in higher educational institutions. Around 10 students were injured in a clash with the police. The police said more than 90 students were detained and let off an hour later.

The students were from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi University, Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi and some medical colleges.

The protesters entered the apex court premises in small groups and gathered in the lawns around 11 a.m. They chanted anti-government slogans and accused the government of trying to circumvent the court ruling by planning to extend quota benefits to post-graduate courses.

“We just want the court ruling to be implemented in the right way,” said Kaushal Kant Mishra, a doctor at AIIMS.

The students who were injured in a lash with the police were admitted to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. Some of them were discharged after first-aid.

On April 10, the apex court upheld the law for implementing 27 percent quota for OBCs in centrally-run educational institutions of higher learning.

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