Wednesday 26 April
Delhi's Lady Hardinge Medical College's student Arpita Majumdar faces the water canon during an anti-reservation protests by medical students in New Delhi. The Delhi Police lobbed tear gas shells and used water canons to disperse hundreds of students of five premier medical colleges who staged a demonstration against the government's move to provide 27% reservations for OBCs in elite educational institutions. The medical students, under the banner of "Youth for Equality", have gone an indefinite strike since then. HRD Minister Arjun Singh, who met the students on Thursday, apologized for the police action against them but refused to discuss the reservation issue on the plea that the Assembly elections were on and he was bound by the Election Commission directive asking him not to speak on the issue. Arjun Singh later attacked his cabinet colleague Kapil Sibal for his 'dissenting statement' on the reservation issue, saying "as no decision was taken in isolation, it is not desirable that a senior Cabinet colleague should go public against it" and that he has complained to the Prime Minister against Sibal.