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Hunger strike: Ex-JNUSU president hospitalised

Hunger strike: Ex-JNUSU president hospitalised

New Delhi: As hunger strike by students of Jawaharlal Nehru University against the university's new admission policy entered the eighth day on Tuesday, health conditions of few of the 11 students, who had initiated the strike, have fallen ill. Furthermore, the former JNUSU president has been admitted to Safdarjung hospital over low BP and heart aliment and alumni and teachers joined the students to show solidarity and also protest on the step taken by the administration.

"She has been suffering from low BP and severe heart problem, in spite of these hurdles. She had been continuing the indefinite hunger strike but now looking at her deteriorating health condition she has been shifted to Safdarjung emergency," a JNUSU member said.

The JNUSU said that the administration, over the past week, had not responded to the demands of the students or discussed the issues regarding the changes brought about in the admission policy. It said that JNU was instead calling up the parents of the protesting students and talking to them.

Former president of the JNUSU Geeta Kumari who has been on the hunger strike said her family received a message informing them that she has been admitted to hospital after taking part in a protest and telling them to take care of her. Moreover, JNU administration informed that in collaboration with National Testing Agency, JNU is conducting its entrance examination for academic year 2019-20, in 127 centers, instead of 70 centers earlier, to provide better accessiblity to students from across the country.

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