IIIT Basar student death: NSUI blames TS edu min Sabitha Reddy, launch protest

The protesters were seen holding placards that read “Amma Annau Anyayam Chesau” (You said you are our mother, but you did us injustice). They also called Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao “student-killer-KCR.”

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  28 July 2022 2:16 PM GMT
IIIT Basar student death: NSUI blames TS edu min Sabitha Reddy, launch protest

Hyderabad: The National Students Union of India (NSUI), Telangana, on 28 July organised a protest march to state education minister Sabitha Indra Reddy's residence alleging that she is responsible for the death of a second-year intermediate student of IIIT Basar.

Sanjay Kumar died on 26 July. According to sources, he went to his home in Warangal as he was unwell and was being treated for some gastrointestinal issues.

During the protest march held on Thursday, NSUI demanded that the government take responsibility for his death, compensate his family, and set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the food poisoning case on the campus. The protesters were seen holding placards that read "Amma Annau Anyayam Chesau" (You said you are our mother, but you did us injustice). They also called Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao "student-killer-KCR."

NSUI state president Venkat Balmoor said, "Since the beginning of this academic year, due to the careless attitude of the government, students have been hospitalised due to food poisoning in Basara IIIT as well as in government gurukul schools of various districts across the state. The education minister did not take any action against the contractors responsible. Due to her negligence, Sanjay Kiran, a student of Basara IIIT from Warangal, returned home unwell from the hostel two days ago."

Venkat further said, "We want justice. Students need quality food. The government has a responsibility to check all the SC, ST, BC and Minority colleges and see whether they are providing all the facilities. Hundreds of students are falling sick due to a lack of proper food. But the government is not taking any action against the mess contractors."

Demanding justice for the student who died a few days ago he added, "We were forcibly sent out by the police when we came to submit our grievances. We are warning them, one more incident where students fall sick in the hostels and we will launch serious protests."

On 15 July, thousands of students of IIIT Basar had fallen sick after eating veg fried rice and egg fried rice provided in the mess in the afternoon. Also, in June 2022, the campus saw massive protests against the poor quality of food and lack of other basic facilities in the university.

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