Hunger strike takes a toll: Semi-conscious Kanhaiya taken to hospital


New Delhi: JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who has been on hunger strike for a week at the campus, was hospitalised on Thursday after his health deteriorated, a fellow student said.

"Kanhaiya is in a bad situation. He is in a semi-conscious state. There is a possibility of internal damage to (his) organs," Umar Khalid, his friend in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), told IANS.

Khalid said Kanhaiya Kumar started vomitting on Thursday morning after which he was "rushed to a hospital".

Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI

Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI

Kanhaiya Kumar, the JNU Students Union (JNUSU) president, and 19 other students are on an indefinite hunger strike since 28 April to protest against the punishment handed out to them by a high-level committee that probed the controversial 9 February 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," Khalid said.


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


Published Date: May 05, 2016 03:29 pm | Updated Date: May 05, 2016 03:54 pm