MUHS students' hunger strike continues for 2nd day

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Nashik, Aug 30 (UNI) The hunger strike staged by the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) students in support of their demands entered the second day today.

The students began the strike in the university's premises from yesterday after 900 students of Ayurved faculty failed in Toxicology and forensic sciences subject. The students demands include inquiry of the matter, revaluation of their papers, one per cent grace mark of the total marks to the failed students.

Around 50 students continued the chain hunger strike today. As many as 200 students held demonstration in the campus. A committee of the students has gone to Mumbai to hold demonstration for their demands at Kalina campus of Mumbai University, the MUHS has organised two-days workshop on Medical Ethics, Ayurved Sangharsh Samiti chief Sangharsh Mhaisne told UNI today.

A protestor, Nitin Barde (20), who had come to participate in the agitation here from Dhule, died at the Nashik Road railway station yesterday, railway police said today, adding the body was sent for a post mortem.

Police suspect that his death occurred due to alleged consumption of poisonous substance.

However, the Sangharsh Samiti was unaware of the incident and also whether Barde actually took part in the agitation or not.

''We are trying to contact his family members,'' Mr Mhaisne said.

Another protestor, Pratibha Atram, a student of Shree Ayurved College at Nagpur, who had taken part in the agitation, was hospitalised last night after she complained of weakness, Mr Mhaisne added.

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