Furore over student death

Students of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Mizoram, have been on hunger strike since Saturday, demanding justice for their colleague, who died last week allegedly of malnutrition.

By Henry L. Khojol in Aizawl
  • Published 3.04.18
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Students on strike at NIT Mizoram on Monday. 
Picture by Henry L. Khojol

Aizawl: Students of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Mizoram, have been on hunger strike since Saturday, demanding justice for their colleague, who died last week allegedly of malnutrition.

Dev Sharan, 20, a first-year BTech student of NIT, died on Saturday in Guwahati following abdomen disorder and throat infection as he was allegedly provided poor food and drinking water at the hostel.

A student leader said the victim had complained about his poor health condition and asked for medical leave but was denied permission by hostel warden Ajmal Koya.

"Sharan had complained about his poor health condition. But he was not granted leave and denied treatment at the right time which ultimately caused his death," he said.

Sharan, a resident of Bihar, was eventually granted the leave after he consulted doctors here on four occasions. On Friday, he was rushed to Guwahati where he died on Saturday evening.

The agitating students said they had made several complaints in the past six months to the college authority about poor food and drinking water quality provided in the hostel but the hostel authority did not pay heed to them.

The student leader demanded that the ministry of human resource development (HRD) should look into the matter and give exemplary punishment to the persons responsible for their colleague's death. "We demand the HRD to send its team to investigate the matter and take up appropriate action," he added.

The students demanded the resignation of college director Raj Gupta, Koya, assistant warden and controller of exam K. Gyandra and mess contractor Biplab Deb. They pledged to continue the hunger strike till justice is meted and their demands are met.

All attempts to contact the authorities proved futile.