Students celebrate their victory on the streets near Calcutta Medical College and Hospital.
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Kolkata: Bowing down before the continuous agitation by a section of medical students, Calcutta Medical College and Hospital authorities have at last agreed to accommodate senior students in the new hostel.

With the college council unanimously taking the decision today noon and the acting principal Ashok Bhadra communicating this to the agitators in person, the students have ended their indefinite fast that was on for the last 14-days.

Bhadra told newspersons that two floors in the new hostel will be allotted to senior students, while two floors each will remain reserved for the 1st -year students and the postgraduate female students. The allotment will be made through a transparent counselling process.

“Once another seven-storied hostel gets refurbished, the senior students will be relocated there and the new hostel will eventually be made exclusive for 1st-year students,” he said.

The announcement came as a victory for the agitating and fasting senior students as they had been demanding that since the old hostel is dilapidated and lacks amenities, they should be accommodated in the new hostel. Soon after ending the 14-day fast, the students burst into celebrations on the campus and outside by smearing red power.

Interestingly, within hours of Ashok Bhadra making the truce with the agitating students, the state government replaced him as the acting principal. The previous principal, Ucchal Bhadra, who had secured admission at SSKM Hospital citing health issues in the midst of the student agitation, returned to the campus and took over as the principal again.

The state government has also removed Anil Verma as the health secretary and Debashis Bhattacharrya as director of medical education. Rajiva Sinha has been appointed the new health secretary, while Verma has been shunted to the animal husbandry department.

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