One of the fasting students who has been taken critically ill.
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Kolkata: Junior doctors at the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital has now resorted to a cease work in solidarity with a section of MBBS students who are into a hunger strike since 11 July.

A section of the junior doctors started the cease work from today morning although many among them reported to duties during the day. But if all the junior doctors join the cease work eventually, health services at the medical college are likely to suffer.

Senior MBBS students have been into an indefinite hunger strike since 11 July over the dilapidated hostel in which they are made to lodge and are demanding that they be provided accommodation in the new hostel. The authorities, however, have allocated the new hostel to the freshers who have joined the college in this session.

Initially, six students had started the fast. The number has now swelled to 17.  According to Sayantan Mukhuti, a spokesperson for the agitating students, three among the fasting students have been taken critically ill, while the condition of the rest is also deteriorating fast.

Worried over this, parents of some of the students are now camping at the medical college and are appealing the authorities to accept the demands of the students.

A delegation of CPI-M MLAs led by legislative party leader Sujan Chakraborty paid a visit to the fasting students today and assured raising the matter in the state Assembly tomorrow. MLAs Ashok Dinda, Tanmay Chakraborty, and Manas Mukherjee were in the delegation.

“The demand of the students is justified. What is stopping the authorities from accommodating senior students in the new hostel? Why there’s so much arrogance on the part of the state government and the Chief Minister who also happens to be the health minister?” Sujan Chakraborty asked.