FIR puts off hunger strike
THE FORUM of Indians against Reservation (FIR) members have decided to put off their hunger strike scheduled from June 18 for an indefinite period. They took the decision following a meeting held on the IIT campus with SSP PC Meena here on Saturday.india Updated: Jun 18, 2006 00:26 IST
THE FORUM of Indians against Reservation (FIR) members have decided to put off their hunger strike scheduled from June 18 for an indefinite period. They took the decision following a meeting held on the IIT campus with SSP PC Meena here on Saturday.
The FIR members, who are IIT-K students, said that they postponed the hunger strike honouring the Supreme Court (SC) order asking them to keep away from agitation. Aparna, an FIR member said that the district administration, by putting forth the SC verdict in a twisted manner, gagged the voice of democracy. The FIR members said that the district magistrate forced them to call off their mass hunger strike at Phoolbagh on June 18.
They said that they would file a writ petition at the SC and request it to clear its stand on democratic means of protest.
However, the IITians pledged to continue with their anti-quota stir in future and against tyrant attitude of the district administration. Instead of a mass hunger strike, the students would hold a discussion at Nanarao Park.
Earlier, the FIR members changed the venue of the mass hunger after the district administration acted tough with them. The decided to change the venue at a meeting held at commissioner’s office on Friday. Sensing trouble, cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu and Shiv Kheda have also decided not to come to the city for the proposed mass hunger strike. Now, these two prominent personalities will take part in the National Coordination Committee meeting against quota politics under way in Bangalore.