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Since 1st March, 1999
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6 give up, fast enters Day 18

Siliguri, Sept. 21: Five of them are suffering from oliguria (nephrological problem) and one from bradycardia (cardiac problem) — was the verdict that doctors at North Bengal Medical College and Hospital (NBMCH) passed on the 13 undertrials, who are on hunger strike from September 5.

Police, however, were successful in persuading a group of six suspected Maoists, to call off the strike, around midnight yesterday. Despite their worsening condition, the 12 KLO militants and the Ulfa cadre stuck to their guns.

District administrative officials had rushed to the hospital last night after the undertrials refused intravenous drips and water, hospital sources said. This morning, acting on the instructions of Darjeeling district magistrate Bidyut Bhattacharya, the Siliguri subdivisional officer and two deputy magistrates, Subhashish Ghosh and Swati Banerjee, met the inmates.

Also, a team of 14 senior doctors, led by NBMCH principal Udayan Ganguly, checked the inmates thoroughly this morning.

“Thankfully, the starving inmates accepted water, glucose and medicines today,” said Samir Ghosh Roy, the superintendent of NBMCH.

Meanwhile, lawyers at Jalpaiguri filed fresh bail petitions for all the 46 KLO militants of Jalpaiguri Central Jail at the district court. The court, however, did not pass any order and only said the bail plea is under consideration. The next hearing has been fixed on October 10.

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