Kolkata: With their condition deteriorating alarmingly, two of the 16 fasting medical students at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital have been hospitalised.
The students are into an indefinite fast for the last 12 days demanding accommodation of senior students in a new hostel as the old hostel is dilapidated and lacks amenities.
Debasis Burman and Aniket Chatterjee have been hospitalised today evening even as a hint of resolution of their demand has emerged with the principal proposing accommodating them both in the new and old hostel, albeit subject to a clearance from the director of medical education.
A few days into the fasting agitation, Burman has been experiencing skin-rash along with fever. Today afternoon he went to the washroom and fainted there due to weakness. Chatterjee too has been suffering from fever and was passing black stool for the last three-four days.
This, notwithstanding, they were adamant about continuing the fast and were refusing hospitalisation. They changed their position and allowed to be hospitalised after the principal offer a resolution proposal to the students in writing tonight.
According to this, the principal has proposed to allot hostel seats to the 200-odd senior students, who have applied for hostel accommodation, in the new and old hostels through a counselling process. He, however, is waiting for an approval from the director of medical education for this.
The agitating students have hinted that they are not averse to this formula but will end the hunger strike only after the counselling process starts.