Rohith Vemula's suicide case: Student on hunger strike unwell, taken to HCU health centre

One of the seven students of Hyderabad Central University, sitting on an indefinite hunger strike for past four days following the alleged suicide by a Dalit research scholar, was on Saturday taken away from the protest camp to the varsity's health centre after she felt unwell.

Hyderabad: One of the seven students of Hyderabad Central University, sitting on an indefinite hunger strike for past four days following the alleged suicide by a Dalit research scholar, was on Saturday taken away from the protest camp to the varsity's health centre after she felt unwell.

The health condition of the 26-year-old student, Vaikhari Aryat, is stable, doctors attending to her said.
 

 

"We have requested them to give up the hunger strike (in view of the health condition). We have called the medical officer to check their health condition. She (Aryat) was feeling giddy and has been taken to our health centre for first-aid," a senior security official of Hyderabad Central University (HCU) said.

When contacted, Dr C Gangadhar of the university's health centre said, "We are giving her IV fluids and her condition is stable now." Mild tension prevailed on the campus when she was being taken to the health centre.

Earlier in the day, one of the fasting students, G Prabhakar, said they would like to continue with the fast even as doctors expressed concern over their health.

"We want to continue (fast). Our demands are not yet fulfilled. They say (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi talked in Lucknow yesterday and a judicial committee is appointed and all. You appoint a judicial commission, no problem, but take action against people who actually caused this death," he said.

"(Vice Chancellor) Appa Rao, primary accused, dismiss from VC post. (Union Ministers) Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya, who wrote letters to university, arrest them. Without arresting, these (judicial commission, etc) don't give us confidence," Prabhakar said.

 

Expressing concern over the health of the fasting students, Dr Ravindra Kumar, a senior doctor of a team which examined them, earlier said, "They have been on hunger strike for the last four days. What we had seen on the very first day and what we see today, it is a rapid deterioration of the medical status. We find their blood pressures are highly fluctuating and their sugar levels unstable."

"We feel that we need to intervene and medically give some support. We have to discuss with the boys and we will see the next course of action," he told reporters. 

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