AIZAWL, April 2: Students of NIT Mizoram today staged a demonstration in front of the campus at Chaltlang locality here today over the death of a student, allegedly due to “unhygienic” food and water provided in the hostel. Devsharan Kumar, who was in the first year of Bachelor’s degree in Technology (BTech), died on March 31 at Guwahati. 

The students alleged that he had fallen ill due to the bad quality of food and water that was provided in the institution’s hostel. Kumar initially complained of a throat infection but when his symptoms got worse, he was allowed to go on leave but was immediately admitted to a hospital in Guwahati on his way home. Doctors admitted him to the ICU unit where he was said to have had a heart infection. Students claim that they had previously informed Institute authorities about the absence of any proper food facility in the hostel six months ago. They alleged that despite their complaints, the authorities took no measures to change the situation. The students further added that Kumar had requested the hostel warden, Ajmal Koya, for medical leave as he did not feel well enough to attend his midsemester examinations but the warden allegedly neither analysed his condition nor gave him permission to return home. 
NIT Mizoram students protest over student’s death
The students said that a prestigious government-funded institution that charges around Rs 2 lakh per student out of which Rs 36,000 is kept aside for food, should provide proper food and adequate amenities to its students. Mizo Zirlai Pawl today submitted an FIR to Zonuam police outpost demanding an inquiry into the allegations that the student died due to consumption of unhygienic food and water. The MZP highlighted the NIT hostellers’ complaint in the FIR, stating that the warden, who is also a faculty, provides poor quality food to the hostellers. “We request you to initiate an inquiry to find out if the allegations of the hostellers are true,” the FIR stated. -Assam Tribune

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