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Barred from exam, three take poison

Nashik (PTI): Frustrated at not being allowed to re-appear for the first year MBBS examinations for the sixth time, three students consumed poison on the premises of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) on Monday, police said.

Two of them have died and the other is battling for life at Nashik Civil Hospital, police said.

The dead were identified as Ashok Deshmukh, 22, resident of Nanded, and Ravikant Ippar, 23, of Kandahar. Balaji Bidve, 23, also from Nanded, is being treated.

The victims were studying in medical colleges at Aurangabad and Latur in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra and had failed their first year MBBS examinations for the fifth consecutive time.

As per rules of the Medical Council of India (MCI) and MUHS, they were among the 456 students from different parts of the state who were disqualified from reappearing for the exam.

About 150 disqualified first year students had come here on Monday to meet MUHS vice-chancellor Dayanand Dongaonkar, urging him to allow them to re-appear for the exam for the sixth time. But Dongaonkar rejected their demand, saying nothing was in the hands of MUHS as MCI made the rules.

Upset over this, the three consumed insecticide inside the MUHS premises. They were rushed to Nashik Civil Hospital where Deshmukh died in the evening and Ippar late on Monday night.

Commandos for Karnataka

Bangalore (PTI): Karnataka is contemplating raising a 500-member commando batallion for deployment in times of exigencies and in operations against militants.

State home minister Mallikarjun Kharge said the need for creating such a force has been felt after last weekís experience in operations against militants in Bangalore when police had to work with commandos from Tamil Nadu.

In a joint operation by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, five hardcore extremists belonging to the Al-Mujahideen outfit were gunned down in a pre-dawn swoop on their hideout in Bangalore on September 29.

Kharge said the government has decided to handpick suitable police personnel for the formation of the commando contingent that would also be used as a Rapid Action Force (RAF). Those chosen would be imparted vigorous training and would get sophisticated arms, he added.

A month ago, in response to the stateís plea for assistance to catch forest bandit Veerappan who has kidnapped former minister H. Nagappa, the Centre has provided it 150 NSG commandos.

In the absence of specific information on the hideout of the brigand, the NSG commandos returned to Delhi after a brief halt in the forests of MM Hills.

Red-hot spoon in pupil mouth

Jaipur (PTI): A case has been registered against a teacher in Ajmer for allegedly putting a hot spoon in the mouth of her student.

An FIR by the studentís parent on the September 25 incident said a teacher of Saint Jones School, M.S. Beaula, went to the extent of putting a red-hot spoon on the tongue of class VII student Gurdeep after scolding him for unknown reasons.

Notice to Singhal

Lucknow (PTI): The special full bench of Allahabad High Court hearing Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suits has issued a contempt notice to VHP international president Ashok Singhal for his recent remarks on the courtís proposal for excavation at the disputed site in Ayodhya. The court passed the order on a petition filed by a mahant of the Hanumangarhi temple in Ayodhya and the head of the newly-formed Vishwa Dharm Raksha Parishad, Baba Dharam Das.

Stampede toll up

Lucknow (PTI): The toll in the stampede at Charbagh railway station rose to 21 with two more succumbing to injuries on Monday. One death was reported in Farrukhabad district and another from Balrampur hospital.

Shivani accused

New Delhi (PTI): A Delhi court has allowed family members of R.K. Sharma, prime suspect in the Shivani murder, to meet him for 10 minutes everyday in police custody on condition that it does not hamper investigations. The metropolitan magistrate allowed this on an application by the family.

Teacher thrashed

Jaipur (PTI): The head of the political science department of Rajasthan University, B.M. Sharma, was injured when students beat him up in his office after he allegedly made derogatory remarks against a student. Sharma is in SMS hospital.

Indo-Norway dance

New Delhi (PTI): Indian and Norwegian dancers have collaborated to mark 50 years of bilateral relations. Norwegian choreographer Solvi Edvardsen brought together dancers from both countries to create Beyond Borders, to be performed this week.

An 8.8 feet bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi will be unveiled in Milwaukee on Gandhi Jayanti by US health secretary Tommy Thompson. Indian ambassador Lalit Mansingh will be the guest of honour. The statue was sculpted by Gautam Pal of Calcutta.

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