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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

TN: Medicos boycott classes

Protesting against the police lathicharge on agitating medical students in the city on Monday, medicos across the state have resorted to a day-long boycott of classes.

Nearly 1500 students of the three government-run medical colleges in the city- Madras Medical College, Stanley Medical College and Kilpauk Medical College- besides their comrades in other cities like Thanjavur, Salem and Madurai, boycotted classes and also staged demonstration in their premises, students of the college told PTI.

"We would not be going to classes today. We want action against the police officers involved in the episode," a student representative of Stanley Medical College, said.

He also said that they were considering taking up the matter with the Tamil Nadu government.

Meanwhile, Dr G R Ravindranath, general secretary, Doctors' Association for Social Equality (DASE), who had urged the students to protest against the lathicharge, told PTI that government doctors in cities and towns other than Chennai had also joined in the protest by wearing black badges while on duty.

About 200 students, who had come to the Directorate of Medical Education (DME) to attend counselling for PG admissions Monday, protested against its decision to reserve 50 per cent of the seats to in-service candidates and squatted on the road disrupting traffic, following which police resorted to lathicharge to disperse them.

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