With city residents, advocates and rights activists coming forward to extend their support on the fourth day of protest, the hunger strike of medical aspirants is gaining momentum. Their bodies might have started to weaken but their spirits are as high as if they have begun the strike just now.
After 80 hours of starvation, each one of them has lost around seven kilograms of weight ever since they started their fast unto death. Kadam Raj Kol’s condition deteriorated as the day passed and in the evening, his blood sugar levels fell below 50 milligrams/ deciliter. Normally it should be 100 mg/dl.
Many passersby stopped to enquire about their health condition and tried to persuade them to give up the hunger strike. “My heart goes out for them. My son is also preparing for medical entrances, he couldn’t succeed this year,” said a mother who came to see the aspirants and give them some strength.
Earlier on Saturday, Sub-divisional Magistrates D K Nagendra and Shyamendra Jaiswal have asked the aspirants to submit their demands in writing and submit writ petitions, PILs filed so far in Courts.
Doctors have taken their blood and urine samples on Saturday. The results are yet to come.
The 21-year-old Poonam Sharma lost more than six kilograms since Wednesday but still stands up to answer every visitor coming to them. Krishna lost five kilos and Kadam lost seven kilos during the fast.
“If one falls, another will stand in the place, but this fast will continue till we get justice,” said Zakir Hussain, a supporter and medical aspirant.
Many city-based rights activists came to the students and explained them various aspects of struggle. “Even hunger strikes have limitations,” said Chinmay Mishra to the aspirants.
City-based advocates also pledged their support to them and asked the students to demand the government to move petition to MCI and Supreme Court.