Students have been on a hunger strike for 80 hours

HCU university student on hunger strike admitted to hospital
news Rohith Vemula Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 16:33

Veikhari Aryat, one of the students on a hunger strike at the Hyderabad Central Univeristy, was admitted to hospital on Friday afternoon.

One of seven students who was on a hunger strike for the last four days, Veikhari is a PhD scholar with the Political Science department at the university.

Earlier in the morning, “We started the relay hunger strike soon after we learnt about Rohith's death but later we continued our protest with an indefinite hunger strike ".

Veikhari said, “Now it's been 80 hours and our health is deteriorating day by day. Some of us have low blood pressure, our sugar levels are also down but I wonder what they are waiting for? May be they are expecting some of us to fall or die like our friend died.”

“No matter what happens we will continue the protest with the same energy and they have to accept our demands,” Vekhiri said.

Other students

On Friday morning, K Krishna, a PhD scholar with Telugu department told The News Minute, that all of them were resolved to continue to the hunger strike even though their health was deteriorating.

“We will continue the hunger strike till our health supports us and we are not at all worried about our health. If we are not able to continue, because of health reasons or if the police arrest us, 50 others will take it up. We care about justice. We will not step back.”

He said that the whole campus was up in arms over Rohith’s death and that teachers too were supporting the students. “Except for the ABVP, everyone is participating and supporting us for the protest,” he said.

He added: “I’ve been studying here for the past seven years, but I’ve never seen this kind of unity at the campus.  I hope this continues till they accept our demands.”

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