Sunday, November 26, 2017
Six students of Fathima Institute of Medical Sciences including two girls and a parent climbed the cell tower in Gunadla demanding that the government allot seats to them in a medical college. They stayed there for nearly seven hours.
When the police tried to bring them down by force, they threatened to jump from the tower. About 100 students of FIMS had been agitating for the last two months demanding seats in a government medical college following the Medical Council of India has cancelled the recognition of FIMS. The students were observing relay fast at the Dharna Chowk for over three weeks.
At around 10am, a group of students approached the security guard at the tower and enquired about the houses for rent. When the guard was talking to them, the students and a parent climbed the tower.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu intervened in the matter and directed the Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas to talk to the centre and do justice to them. District Collector B.Lakshmi Kantham and other officials tried to pacify the students. The students demanded the Health Minister to come to the spot and assure them on seats. Joint Commissioner of Police B.V.Ramana Kumar held discussions with the students and parents.
A few Congress and YSRCP leaders who reached the spot to extend their support were arrested. Meanwhile, Chandrababu Naidu asked the students to meet him at the Assembly on Monday. However, the students along with their parents insisted that the government issue an ordinance to solve their problem. In the evening, the students came down giving much relief to the police. They were shifted to Government Hospital and no case has been slapped.