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CMCH: Students complete 78 hrs of hunger strike

Two more medical students join the six on protest fast on Day 3.

Statesman News Service | Kolkata |


Two more students of the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) joined the six boys on hunger strike on Friday. The medical students completed their 78 hours of hunger strike at 9 p.m. on Friday.

“If our principal does not accept our justified demands, then all the 60 boys who seek hotel accommodation will sit on hunger strike”, said final year MBBS student Sayantan Mukhuty.

Meanwhile, three boys fell critically ill with their blood pressure falling to 80/50. “Their health is deteriorating tremendously,” added Mukhuty. The four-day fasting students could do little to melt the principal’s heart.

Principal Uchhal K Bhadra refused to accept their hostel demand on Friday in the college counselling meeting.

Many issues like why the senior students should not get accommodation in the new hostel, why Partha Pratim Mondal is being made vice superintendent, why the first years were forced to join the new hostel one month before their classes which are scheduled to start from August were also discussed.

He said that the other demand of a qualified MD hostel superintendent instead of RMO Partha Pratim Mondal can be granted but not for the senior students’ accommodation in the new hostel.

Later, the CMCH authorities decided that the students would be forcibly thrown out from the site where they are continuing their hunger strike if they refuse to listen to the principal. “If they throw us out by force, next day all 60 boys would sit on hunger strike,” said a medical student.

HODs of some sections visited the students asking them to lift their hunger strike. As per sources, principal Uchhal K Bhadra called their protest a “fake” one.