"Under Pressure", 3⃣ Women Call off 6⃣-Day Hunger Strike⚠️ in Maharashtra

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Hours after they were forcibly admitted to the hospital, three Maharashtra farmers' daughters on Saturday afternoon called off their agitation but claimed it was done "under pressure" from the government.

The trio of collegians - Nikita Jadhav, 20, Shubhangi Jadhav and Poonam Jadhav, 19 each - were offered a glass of water and fruit juice by Minister of State for Health Arjun Khopkar who arrived in Ahmednagar to meet them.

Calling on them at the Ahmednagar civil hospital where they were forcibly admitted by the police, the minister requested and cajoled them to end the hunger strike in view of their deteriorating physical condition.

Arjun Khopkar also assured that he would discuss all their demands with the government and even promised to arrange their meeting with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray within a couple of days.

The girls briefly discussed among themselves and reluctantly agreed to call off their agitation, but said nothing about ending the hunger strike.

Later, speaking to mediapersons, the Jadhav girls - who are friends - claimed that they were under severe pressures since the past 24 hours to call off their agitation but finally agreed to do so after the minister's assurances this afternoon.

"However, if our demands are not accepted fully we shall launch another agitation," warned Nikita Jadhav, with Shubhangi and Poonam in tow, as they prepared to return to Puntamba by this evening.

Apprehensive over its political ramifications, the Maharashtra Police and local government officials forcibly broke their six-day long hunger strike in a pre-dawn swoop.

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