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Fact Check : Did The Student At APU Die Due To The Hunger Strike?

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A 26-Year old student collapsed and died at Azim Premji University. The university has been in the news for the last few weeks because of the student protests. However, is there a relationship between the protest and the unfortunate demise of the student?

Azim Premji Uni students in Bengaluru stage protest demanding safer  transportation | The News Minute

Protests at the Azim Premji University. Credits – The News Minute

The Protest

A section of students has been protesting against the authorities for the shuttle fees. The authorities levied shuttle fees for the students residing in the KGA to travel from the residence to the college. According to the students, the authorities allegedly did not mention any information about the shuttle fees on the website. 

The students met the VC of the university on February 21, and after an argument with the Vice Chancellor, they went on a hunger strike. 

The strike was called off on February 24, after the demands were partially considered by the authorities. 


The death of a student

A postgraduate named Abhijit Shinde collapsed while dancing at the college festival of APU. The 26-year-old, first-year MA student was from Nashik, Maharashtra. The college released a statement regarding the same. 

“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the unfortunate demise of a student on the university campus today. The student, while participating in the opening event of the annual students’ festival, collapsed and, despite immediate medical help, could not be saved. Our hearts go out to his family and friends…” said a statement.”

Fact – check

Given the two major events at the APU, there are rumours regarding the correlation between the hunger strike and the death of the student. The rumours are thus false, as there is no such correlation. 


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