Day 4: No food and little water, but sepoy won’t give in
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Concerns over the health of Army sepoy K Muthu, who had climbed a mobile tower New Delhi railway station mounted on Monday after police and Army personnel posted at the site revealed that he has stopped eating and was drinking very little water.
Four days have passed since Muthu climbed tower alleging harassment at work and demanding that he be allowed to speak to Defence Minister A K Antony about his grievances.
"On an average, an individual can last five to seven days without food and water. After that, his health begins to deteriorate as fatigue sets in. He should be tested for ketones in urine which develop due to starvation," Dr S Chatterjee, Consultant, Internal Medicine at Apollo Hospital, said.
"He hasn't been eating biscuits and fruits we sent him. On Sunday, he didn't ask for water at all. He drinks very little because he knows there isn't any bathroom up there," Muthu's colleague Mohanty, said. Mohanty had tried in vain to make Muthu come down.
The tower is located in a complex, which also houses a microwave station of the Northern Railway and, hence, is a restricted area. The Army has secured the area with the assistance of the Delhi police and Fire Services personnel and only railway personnel are let through.
" Muthu said he would speak only to the media and so a few reporters went up on an hydraulic ladder on Sunday. But when Army officers found out, they told the local authorities to not let anyone inside," said a policeman on duty.
However, Mani Bhushan Malhotra, SDM, Paharganj Zone, denied any additional checks had been placed. "It is already a restricted area and the Army has taken over now. We are only providing them assistance as per their requirements," he said.