Published: 07th January 2020
Two IIT Guwahati students on hunger strike against action against 'whistleblower' prof
Rai has filed hundreds of RTI's and allegedly discovered several corrupt doings of the administration. Ever since the administration has launched an investigation and taken severe action against him
Two students from IIT Guwahati have been on a hunger strike for the last four days against the institute's decision to impose 'compulsory retirement' on Prof Brijesh Kumar Rai. The 'whistleblower' professor has been in the limelight over the last few months after the institute launched an investigation against him.
Rai has filed hundreds of RTI's and allegedly discovered several corrupt doings of the administration. Ever since the administration has launched an investigation and taken severe action against him. Several show cause notices,investigations later and the threat of termination, the administration finally decided to send Rai on 'compulsory retirement.
Since the administration issued this notice,students have been agitated. Rai has garnered a lot of support from his students. The students even took out a candle light march in support of the professor, many of the students were also taken to task for the same. But four days ago,two of his students Vikrant Singh and Himanchal Singh decided to go on a hunger strike to protest against the institution's decision.
The two students were forcefully taken to the hospital earlier today. Vikrant has been supporting the professor since the very beginning,"With a very heavy heart, I would like to convey my grief and anguish to all the people out there with the decision taken by IIT G to enforce compulsory retirement on Rai. It saddens my to see the plight of the current administration. Students and alumni protested on November 17 with demands to stop hunting Rai but still the decision was taken. Therefore Himanchal and I decided to sit on the strike," Vikrant said.
However, an ambulance and police arrived on campus to take away the two students. Despite urging from the authorities to 'not bring bad name to the institute', the two students refused to leave the area. "Let us stay here,we are safe here," the students pleaded but were whisked away.
The students are however bent on carrying on their protest even if the venue has now changed.