JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who is on a hunger strike, was discharged from AIIMS after his health on Friday improved even as the varsity administration asked students to not invite outsiders saying it might vitiate the academic atmosphere and peace on campus.While five students on Thursday withdrew their fast against the punishment by the university in connection with the February 9 event during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised, 15 others continued with the hunger strike which entered ninth day on Friday.
Kanhaiya, who is out on bail after his arrest in a sedition case, was on Thursday admitted to AIIMS in a semi-conscious state. He was discharged on Friday 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 but he will continue with the strike,” 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 to not 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.
“It has come to our notice that the Public Addressal “It has come to our notice that the Public Addressal System has been used without prior permission and disturbing peace in residential area. Use of the system is strictly prohibited in and around the administration block and can be used only after permission from the authorities,” it added.
25 students had gone on hunger strike last week. While five members of ABVP called off their fast on 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.
Two other students –Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya — were arrested along with Kanhaiya in the sedition case.
While Kanhaiya has been slapped with a penalty of Rs 10,000 on grounds of “indiscipline and misconduct”, Umar, Anirban and a Kashmiri student, Mujeeb Gatoo have been rusticated for varying durations.
Financial penalty has been imposed on 14 students. Hostel facilities of two students have been withdrawn and the university has declared the campus out of bounds for two former students.
Saurabh, who is the lone ABVP member in JNU Students Union, has also been slapped with a fine of Rs 10,000 for blocking traffic.
(Courtesy: Press Trust Of India)