Forming a human chain, the students shouted slogans against the reservation policy of the Union government. “Respect merit, if you respect life,” “Youth for equality,” “Do not divide and rule” said some of the banners carried by the protesters.
The students were tear-gassed and sprayed with water cannons when they blocked traffic on Janpath, near Hotel Le Meridian crossing. Mild lathicharge was also resorted to in order to break the ‘rasta roko’, which lasted for more than one-and-a-half hours.
Just have a look at the pic which can easily be termed as ‘Face of the Protest’…entire protest summarized in a single photo… Defiance at its best …
The students thereafter submitted a memorandum to the UT adviser and the governor. As the students’ anger mounted, they burnt an effigy of HRD minister Arjun Singh.
AP Photo/Gautam Singh
He said the agitation against the proposal to provide 27 per cent reservation to OBCs in central government educational institutions, was getting support from students of several institutions, including IITs and the Delhi University.
‘We are getting letters of support from all the parts of the country…. Students from across the country are ready to support us” he added.
|Police use water canon to disperse protesting medical students. AP|
Use of lathis and water cannons against these students ?
Dont these scenes match the scenes depicted in Rang de Basanti?
All they were demanding is they be allowed to meet Mr. Arjun Singh…
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