Ranchi: Students of a residential Navodaya school in Jharkhand's Deoghar district staged a hunger strike on Sunday demanding the removal of the principal for mismanagement.

The students were also angry over the poor quality of food."We get water only for half hour at 6 o'clock in the morning with which three hundred students have to take a bath. Also, we are not provided good food," said a student who sat on the hunger strike but preferred to remain anonymous.

Another student, Aditi, said, "All the Navodaya schools get the same funds but here we do not get facilities extended by the other schools."

The school students had four days ago complained to the principal about the poor quality of food and had threatened to go on a hunger strike if things did not improve. The students locked the main gate of the school before the hunger strike. School Principal Sunil Kumar admitted that some of the complaints were genuine but termed the hunger strike a "childish act".

"We admit that there is a water problem in the school and the quality of the food could be poor. We have to manage everything in the given funds," he said.