Jamia Millia stundents sit on day-long hunger strike

New Delhi, Oct 25 (PTI) Four students of Jamia Millia Islamia university today sat on a day-long hunger strike reiterating their demand for announcement of dates for students union election by the administration.

The protesting students are Meeran Haider of Mphil, Naqi Mohammad of Mphil, Shamsee Mustafa of MA and Imran Ahmad of BACA, a release said.

For over a month, students of the university have been demanding that the administration to restore union elections — banned since 2006 — and declare a date for the polls. The students also took out a march today and set a deadline of 24 hours for the varsity.”If the admin. does not take swift action, hundereds of other of students would join the strike, a student said.

However, the Vice Chancellor Talat Ahmad had earlier told PTI that the administration was unable to act according to the students demand as the matter was sub-judice.

In a statement issued two days back, the varsity referred to court records with title – Hamidur Rahman Vs JMI – and said, “The legal hurdle can only be solved in the court by withdrawing the present petition by the petitioner as well as intervening group of students/applicants. Since the matter is sub judice any interim action on the part of the university or parties concerned will amount to contempt of court.”

The university once again reiterated that if the legal hurdle is over it is ready to consider holding students union election depending on the outcome of the case, the statement added.

 

(PTI)