Kanhaiya Kumar Ends Hunger Strike After 9 Days

07/05/2016 11:03 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - MAY 3: JNU Students' Union President Kanhaiya Kumar with others on day six of hunger strike protesting punishment given to them by the university authorities on May 3, 2016 in New Delhi, India. Representatives of both factions are sitting on a hunger strike. Students with Left affiliations are on a hunger strike protesting punishment given to them by the university authorities for the February 9 event held to commemorate Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. Anti-national slogans were allegedly raised at the event. Students of the ABVP faction are on a hunger strike demanding the punishment against students be made more stringent. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar today ended his nine-day hunger strike after he was discharged from AIIMS even as the university administration asked students not to invite outsiders saying it might vitiate the academic atmosphere and peace on campus.

While five students yesterday withdrew their fast against the punishment by the university in connection with the 9 February event during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised, 15 others continued with the hunger strike.

Kanhaiya, who is out on bail after his arrest in a sedition case, was yesterday admitted to AIIMS in a semi- conscious state.

He was discharged after treatment for mild dehydration and ketosis.

"Kanhaiya has been discharged from AIIMS. He has been advised bed rest for few days. He has to undergo some medical tests too, so keeping his health condition in mind he has withdrawn from the fast but will continue with the agitation," a JNUSU statement said.

The ketone level of the fasting students is high and the BP is low, according to the test reports from the health centre.

On the other hand, JNU issued fresh advisory for the students and teachers to avoid inviting outsiders to the campus.

The administration also asked the students to refrain from using "direct or indirect coercive measures and come forward for dialogue and discussion".

"The administration requests all the teachers and students to avoid inviting people from outside the campus for any gathering or activity to press their demands, which could undermine peace and security in the campus," JNU Registrar Pramod Kumar said in an appeal.

"Thousands of students on the campus are busy preparing for or writing their end semester examinations and also writing their dissertations. Continuing hunger strikes and escalation of it through involvement of outsiders may further enhance the stress level in the campus and affect the career of those students," he added.

While members from civil society joined the protests today, alumni of the university will gather tomorrow to express solidarity by fasting for a day.

In a separate notice, the Registrar asked the students not to use the public address system without permission and around the administration block, which has been the venue of protest ever since the sedition row broke out.

Twenty-five students had gone on hunger strike last week. While five members of ABVP called off their faston Wednesday claiming they have an assurance from the JNU administration that their demands will be considered, five members of the Left-affiliated groups withdrew from the stir yesterday citing deteriorating health.

JNU VC Jagadesh Kumar had earlier this week appealed to students to put forward their demands using "constitutional" means and asked them to come for a "dialogue" to resolve the matter.

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