On day 4 of hunger strike VC meets students, no solution in sight
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Okhla Times Campus Reporter/JMI
MAY 11, 2011: On the 4th day of the hunger strike, the agitating students of AJK MCRC finally got the opportunity on May 10 to meet Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) Vice Chancellor Najeeb Jung at around 2.30 P.M for a fresh round of negotiation. Mass Communication final year student Nabeela Zaidi said: “Some four protesting students including Saba Rahman, Smriti Deewan and Saniya Ahmed met the VC.” The purpose of the meeting was to find out a middle ground, claimed Zaidi adding: “The students suggested that they be allowed to work in their final film projects this year and appear for the final year exams in the following year.”
It is understood that the VC however, made it abundantly clear that he might be willing to open a door of hope for these students in case the court legally orders him to do so. As of now the students are continuing the indefinite hunger strike and are still at the spot where the demonstration started on May 7, 82 hours since the hunger strike commenced.
One student was admitted in the hospital after she collapsed. However, she is back on strike as of today and even was part of the delegation that met the VC. “The physical condition of the other striking students is steadily deteriorating. It remains to be seen is how long these students can suffer the pangs of both hunger and gross injustice,” claimed a press release issued by the protesting students.
They also made it clear that they were not working in tandem with any external force and are in no way seeking help from a blacklisted ex-Jamia student as was earlier claimed by the University authorities.
Some students who participated in the meet with the VC are not happy with the development. They wrote: “Today’s negotiation raises some questions of primal importance. There is apparent duality in the VC’s stand as of now, because the High Court had earlier actually asked him to reconsider the plea of these students before it arrived at a judgment. As is now common knowledge, at that point in time the VC had refused to reconsider their case.”
All told, students are also worried about the deteriorating conditions of their colleagues. “What should be next course of action for the students who are battling the intense Delhi heat without even eating a morsel, asks the press release. It further added: “In case they do decide to approach the Court it will mean added financial pressure on these students who have already shelled out quite a hefty sum for the High Court proceedings. What is also interesting is the fact that there have been statements made in the media by University representatives where all the medical certificates of all these students were declared fake.”
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