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SURVIVAL FIRST: The police remove a fasting engineering graduate from the venue of the agitation after his condition deteriorated in Gulbarga on Monday.
SURVIVAL FIRST: The police remove a fasting engineering graduate from the venue of the agitation after his condition deteriorated in Gulbarga on Monday.

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Police fail to shift two other fasting engineering graduates

GULBARGA: The police on Monday removed one more unemployed engineering graduate who was part of the second batch of the protesters who began the indefinite hunger strike two days ago demanding the State Government to fill backlog vacancies in the Public Works and Irrigation departments immediately as his health condition worsened.

Based on the advise of the team of government doctors keeping a vigil on the condition of the fasting protesters, three of the five protesters were to be removed from the spot. A team of police officials forced its way into the pandal and forcibly removed Manojkumar whose condition was serious. But the police could not remove Suryakant and Krishnaraj following protest from other engineering graduates. So far, six persons have been shifted to the government hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh held a high-level meeting in Bangalore to discuss the demands of the Karnataka Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Unemployed Engineers Horata Kriya Samiti for filling backlog vacancies. Law Minister H.K. Patil, Public Works Minister H.D. Revanna, Water Resource Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge and representatives of the protesters, including Dalit leader Shivaram Moga and A.B. Hosmani attended the meeting.

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