Hunger strike ends, but DU students' protest still on

The undergraduate students of linguistics from Delhi University protesting over the death of their senior for over a week, handed their charter of demands to the vice chancellor on Wednesday, but came back without any positive response.

While the two students from the Department of Germanic and Romance studies have ended their six-day-long hunger strike due to medical complications, the students will proceed with their protests.

“The vice chancellor has not met us till now. Deputy proctor told us that they have done the needful and it is not their responsibility to go beyond a certain point,” said Rajan, one of the linguistic student.

The students are demanding a fresh inquiry into the murder.

“We want the the DU administration to set up a joint enquiry committee giving equal representation to administration and student community. The case needs to be probed in the light of new factual and circumstantial evidences which have emerged,” added Rajan.
The students also want to appoint a lawyer who will be accountable to the joint enquiry committee.

“The matter seems a bit fishy as Sumit went missing and then the police found his body in a public park in December in a rotten state, hanging from a tree. The police have no record of the person who found the body and we suspect it to be a murder,” said Saurabh.

The students are protesting over the mysterious death of Sumit Kumar, an MPhil student of German language.

He was also a guest lecturer in Khalsa College and he went missing in October last year. A report was lodged in November. Proctor Usha Rao could not be contacted after repeated attempts.

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