Three Dhaka University students fell sick while observing fast unto death for the second consecutive day Friday, demanding deferral of Dhaka north and south city corporation elections scheduled for January 30, a date that coincides with Saraswati Puja.
Apurba Chakrabarty and Orko Shaha were admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) this noon as they fell sick during the strike, said Utpal Bishwas, vice-president (VP) of DU’s Jagannath Hall students’ union.
Kajal Das, general secretary of the union, was given saline as he also fell ill.
Meanwhile, Jago Hindu Parishad, a platform of the Hindu community, staged demonstrations on the campus in the morning demanding a deferral.
Activists of the platform gathered in front of the Raju Sculpture and formed a human chain there around 11:30 AM.
On Wednesday, the Election Commission officials said they do not intend to change the date of the polls for either of the city corporations, as the High Court rejected a writ petition seeking deferral of the January 30 elections.
On December 22, the EC announced that elections to the two Dhaka city corporations will be held on January 30. Earlier, the education ministry on December 2 fixed January 29 as a public holiday for Saraswati Puja.