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Indefinite Hunger Strike begins in JNU

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The High Level Enquiry Committee (HLEC) of JNU declared punishment against the students who were part of the controversial 9th February event on Afzal Guru death anniversary, for which they were charged with sedition, an action which had sparked outrage and triggered protests. On 25th April, at a time of the end-semester exams and semester holidays, the HLEC has penalized JNU Students Union (JNUSU) President Kanahya Kumar and other student leaders. Kanhaya Kumar was slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 while  Umar Khalid has been rusticated for one semester along with a fine of Rs 20,000. Another student leader Anirban Bhattacharya has been rusticated till 15 July 2016 and also been barred from JNU campus for a period of five years from 23 July 2016.

Refusing to accept the decision of HLEC, the JNUSU started indefinite Hunger strike in front of the JNU administrative block (Freedom Square) from 27th April with the slogan of “Stand with JNU, Fight Back JNU”.

Surprisingly, the ABVP supporters had also started a chain hunger strike one day before the JNUSU’s Indefinite Hunger Strike to demand revocation of the punishment handed to JNUSU joint secretary Saurabh Sharma.

Surprisingly, the ABVP supporters had also started a chain hunger strike one day before the JNUSU’s Indefinite Hunger Strike to demand revocation of the punishment handed to JNUSU joint secretary Saurabh Sharma. He was fined Rs.10, 000 by the committee on charge of obstructing traffic on the campus.

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