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Calcutta Medical College row: Demands not met, students to go on mass hunger strike

The students of second, third and fourth year were on hunger strike outside the principal's chamber to press for their demand for accommodation in a new hostel which is allotted only for first year students.

Written by Arnab Mitra | New Delhi | Updated: July 18, 2018 8:03:34 pm
Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, Calcutta Medical College and Hospital protest, Calcutta Medical College “We will go for an indefinite hunger strike from tomorrow, July 18, if the college authority does not comply with our demand,” final-year student Sheikh Md Sagir said. (Express Photo by Shashi Ghosh)

More than 50 students of Calcutta Medical College threatened to go on a mass hunger strike on Wednesday citing that their demand for accommodation in a new hostel, which is alloted only for first year students, have not been met.

The students of second, third and fourth year were on hunger strike outside the principal’s chamber to press for their demand. The hunger strike by six senior students of the hospital entered eighth day on Tuesday.

Earlier the students fixed the deadline till 9 pm, and conveyed it to the college administration.

Speaking to the indianexpress.com, Sheikh Md Sagir, a final-year student of Calcutta Medical College said, “The students will go on a mass hunger strike as the authorities failed to fulfill their demands. Over 50 students will sit for a mass hunger strike from tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, there was a rumour that Dr. Ramanuj Sinha was commissioned as an acting principal in the absence of Principal Uchhal K Bhadra. Sinha, however, said he did not take the charge of acting principal and had nothing to do with the protest. READ IN BANGLA

Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, Calcutta Medical College and Hospital protest, Calcutta Medical College Students during the hunger strike at Calcutta Medical College. (Express Photo by Shashi Ghosh)

The principal of the state-run College and Hospital was taken ill in his office, as the hunger strike by six senior students outside his chamber entered eighth day. Principal Uchhal Bhadra fell sick in his chamber and he was taken to the emergency section of the hospital and treated, said an official, adding that he is now stable.

Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, Calcutta Medical College and Hospital protest, Calcutta Medical College Principal of Calcutta Medical College, Uchhal K Bhadra was taken to SSKM hospital. (Express Photo by Shashi Ghosh)

“The condition of the protesting students is deteriorating with each passing day. Already three students have been admitted to the hospital. There should be an amicable solution to this current problem and a brisk action should be taken,” said an ex-student of 2008 batch who is now working at MR Bangur Hospital, Kolkata.

 

Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, Calcutta Medical College and Hospital protest, Calcutta Medical College “The condition of the students is deteriorating everyday. Already three students have been admitted to the hospital. There should be an amicable solution to this current problem and brisk action should be taken,” said an ex-student of 2008.  (Express Photo by Shashi Ghosh)

 

Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, Calcutta Medical College and Hospital protest, Calcutta Medical College A moment of protest at the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital.  (Express Photo by Shashi Ghosh)  

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