Coimbatore: Students at a college in Mettupalayam staging a dharna for the past eight days to press their charter of demands, on Tuesday consumed rice mixed with soil to draw the attention of authorities to their plight.

The students of Forest College and Research Institute (FCRI), including 42 girls, were on dharna inside the college campus, to press their demands including maintaining status quo over the percentage of posts reserved for the FCRI students. The college, affiliated to Tamil Nadu Agricultural University  was closed indefinitely on July 23,following the strike and students were asked to vacate the hostel As there was no positive signal from the authorities, also to announce the results of test for recruitment to the post of ranger, the students consumed rice mixed with soil and

sand, police said.

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