New York: Students of the 183-year-old Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata on hunger strike since July 10 seeking accommodation in a new hostel on Saturday found support from noted writer Taslima Nasreen, who condemned the authorities for turning a deaf ear to their demands.
Noted author Taslima Nasreen tweeted on Saturday night that “The indefinite hunger strike by the students of Calcutta Medical College & hospital, demanding accommodation in a new hostel entered the 12th day. Please accept their demands. Don’t let them die.”
The indefinite hunger strike by the students of Calcutta Medical College & hospital, demanding accommodation in a new hostel entered the 12th day. Please accept their demands. Don't let them die.
— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) July 21, 2018
Senior students have been protesting since June 24, alleging their existing hostel was in a deplorable state and, as such, they be accommodated in the new hostel.
Demanding allotment of rooms in newly built multi-storey boys’ hostel, which was specially made for first year MBBS students, six students of the medical institute have gone on an indefinite hunger strike since July 10 while 15 more medical students joined the ongoing fast on Wednesday (July 18) night.
This is the third major students’ movement in Kolkata over the past three weeks. Students of Jadavpur University (JU) withdrew their five-day hunger strike on July 11 after the authorities met their demand and students. The demands of Presidency University students were also partially met after they launched an agitation.