Hunger strike by students of Central University of Rajasthan enters fourth day

Four students have been on an indefinite hunger strike since Monday.

By: Express News Service | Jaipur | Updated: September 23, 2016 5:11 am

The hunger strike by students of the Central University of Rajasthan (CUR) continued for the fourth day on Thursday even as one of the students was admitted to the hospital.

Four students have been sitting on an indefinite hunger strike since Monday, demanding action on a 20-point agenda, including formation of a student union and holding elections, allegations of “moral policing” of girl students, poor quality and management of the university mess and library.

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One of the students Pradhyumn Yadav had to call off the strike after he was hospitalised on Wednesday. Three other students, Yadvendra Singh, Ravi Mandia and Deependra continue to be on the hunger strike. While the university registrar declined to comment on the issue, the Public Relations Officer did not respond to calls by The Indian Express. However, the students informed that the Vice-Chancellor had formed a committee to look into the issues raised.

“We want the university to function in a way that befits a Central University. Quality food in the mess, availability of purified water, sports and medical facilities and curtailing the freedom of girl students are all issues that need to be addressed,” said one of the students Yogesh Dhankar. “Besides, the slow progress on the case involving the death of two students this year and the formation of a students union need to be addressed too,” he added.