Kanhaiya Kumar, On Hunger Strike For 8 Days, Is Stable

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Kanhaiya Kumar, On Hunger Strike For 8 Days, Is Stable

Kanhaiya Kumar was first taken to the JNU health centre, but after his health deteriorated further, he was rushed in the evening to AIIMS.

New Delhi: 

Highlights

  1. JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar has been on hunger strike for 8 days
  2. He's protesting punishment recommended by JNU panel for Afzal Guru event
  3. He was arrested on sedition charges for 'anti-India' slogans at the event
JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who was hospitalised on Thursday after his health deteriorated, is stable, AIIMS hospital has said. He has been on hunger strike for over a week.

Kanhaiya Kumar was first taken to the JNU health centre, but after his health deteriorated further, he was rushed in the evening to the emergency ward of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

  A statement released by JNU students union on Thursday had said. "Kanhaiya's BP dropped to 56 and his glucose levels also dipped drastically. He has been vomiting since last night. He was taken to the JNU health centre in a semi-conscious state and the doctor warned him of chances of internal bleeding if he continues with the fast,"

"The doctor has warned us that in case he continues in this condition there might be chances of internal bleeding," a friend of Mr Kumar said, adding that the student leader has refused to call off the hunger strike.

Umair Khalid, who was also accused of raising anti-national slogans at the JNU campus, also tweeted about Mr Kumar's condition:
Mr Kumar, the JNU Students Union (JNUSU) president, and 19 other students are on an indefinite hunger strike since April 28 to protest against the punishment handed out to them by a high-level committee that probed the controversial February 9 Kashmir event on the campus.

"The health of the rest of the students is also deteriorating fast. All students have lost around 4-6 kg of weight," Mr Khalid said. Five students withdrew their hunger strike on Thursday due to health reasons.

"It has been the 8th day of the indefinite hunger strike... Still the JNU administration remains unmoved," said Mr Khalid, who has been rusticated from the university for one semester.

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