New Delhi: Agitated MBBS students at All India Institute of Medical Sciences here on Wednesday began an indefinite relay hunger strike to demand removal of its director in the wake of the alleged suicide by a first-year student.
   
"We have called for a hunger strike too as the administration has not met all our demands yet," a protesting student said.
   
Anil Meena (22), who belonged to Baran district in Rajasthan, was found hanging by his friends in his hostel room on Sunday morning. He was immediately taken to the hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.
   
Wearing black ribbons and raising slogans, MBBS students at AIIMS have been demanding resignation of its Director R C Deka.
Meanwhile, AIIMS authorities have constituted a panel comprising senior faculty to verify whether Meena's results had been prepared as per prescribed rules.
   
This, sources said, is being done in view of discontent among under-graduate students with the mentoring mechanism in the institute and also the complaint that the recommendations of the Thorat Committee have not been fully implemented.
The AIIMS Director has also appointed former UGC Chairman Prof Sukhdev Thorat to examine the extent of implementation of the recommendations of the panel headed by him.
   
The committee probed allegations of caste discrimination on the campus and recommended welfare and academic enhancement of undergraduate students, particularly those from SC/ST/OBC categories.
   
Thorat committee said AIIMS, despite requests, "has not taken initiative to arrange remedial coaching in English, basic courses or any other spheres for SC/ST students as is required by Central Government educational institutions."

(Agencies)