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ANIL SWAMI EVICTED, TENT DISMANTLED

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On the 10th day of the hunger strike staged in the Joint Hospital Srinagar premises  in support of the three-point charter of demands under the banner of Pragatisheel Jan Manch,    Anil Swami was evicted from the site of the fasting by police and admitted at  Base Hospital Srinagar on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday.  The  tent used for the fasting stir was also dismantled by the police. Police said that the action was necessitated by the deteriorating heath of Swami who had been on the fasting since January 2.  They further said that they had acted on the advice of the doctors who examined Swami and said that he must be force-fed with his health condition worsening. The three demands of the agitators were the permanent building  of NIT being housed in Sumadi, purified drinking water for the people of Srinagar town and its adjoining areas and appointment of five doctors at Joint Hospital, Srinagar  in the place of those recently transferred.

Notably, the people of the Srinagar and its adjoining areas have been staging agitation for the past five months in support of the three demands under the banner of Pragatisheel Jan Manch. The site of the sit -in was converted into one of the hunger strike on December 25 last.

Srinagar Tehsil sub-divisional magistrate Maya Dutt Joshi, circle officer Pauri police D S Tomar and SHO Srinagar Kotwali Narendra Singh Bisht were among the senior police officers present when Swami was lifted from the site and transported to the Base Hospital. SHO Bisht said that glucose was given to Swami and a little later he was released from the hospital.

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