STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 16 September
A Delhi University (DU) student who held hunger strike for 14 days to press for hostel accommodation has ended his fast after the varsity officials agreed to meet some of his demands.
According to sources, the DU officials assured to revise the rates of IRCTC canteen, located in North Campus, and to pursue his other demands.
Praveen Singh, pursuing MA in Buddhist Studies, was observing hunger strike at the University’s Faculty of Arts demanding all the outstation students – enrolled in the University – be provided with hostel accommodation.
DU’s dean of student’s welfare, Prof J M Khurana today gave a written response informing that the rates in the IRCTC canteen have been revised and other demands will be immediately pursued. Meanwhile, Praveen has been admitted to University health centre and he was on glucose drip. "The University has also agreed to keep the library open till 12 at midnight which earlier used to close at 9 pm. The newly elected DUSU members have also promised to take up the matter and pursue the University to these demands," Praveen said from hospital. The students have called off the strike but have announced to boycott classes tomorrow against the police brutality meted out to their colleague.
Some students who stood by his strike had also clashed with police after Praveen was picked by police in the wake of deteriorating health condition. In the fiasco, the students had even burnt a police gypsy following which five students were arrested and charged under relevant provision of IPC.