JNU students march in protest outside Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Delhi Police detains student protesters from JNU at Shastri Bhavan, outside the MHRD premises. Students however continue their rally towards Rashtrapati Bhawan after a meeting with the MHRD didn’t yield a positive response to their demands.
Hundreds of demonstrators, including students and members of civil society organizations, hit the streets protesting the recent violence at JNU and demanding the resignation of the varsity vice-chancellor.
The protesters, carrying placards and banners, started a march from Mandi House towards the HRD Ministry. They shouted slogans demanding strict action against those who are responsible for the attack on JNU.
Precautionary deployment of security personnel has also been done near North and South Blocks. Special Commissioner of Police RS Krishna and two DCPs took stock of the security measures at North and South Blocks.
What is the protest about?
The office-bearers of the JNUSU and JNUTA are protesting against the attack on JNU, hike in hostel fee and removal of the vice-chancellor. Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union president Aishe Ghosh says they are not happy with the response of the HRD ministry.
“We are in no position to compromise with the HRD ministry. It’s still thinking whether the V-C should be removed,” says JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh.
However, HRD Secretary Amit Khare states that the “JNU V-C’s removal is not a solution”. He also says officials of the ministry will talk to Kumar again on Friday over the students’ claims of fee hike.
Left leaders Sitaram Yechury, D Raja, Prakash Karat and Brinda Karat takes part in the march. “People have started speaking up and that is what these people are not able to take. They are manufacturing stories that the protests have nothing to do with students or workers but are political.” – Brinda hitting out at BJP.
“For three hours, people wearing masks beat up varsity students. They entered the campus with police being present at the main gate.”- Sitaram Yechury.
The JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) has written to President Ram Nath Kovind holding the vice-chancellor responsible for the “orgy of violence”. “The JNU with a full sense of responsibility accuses the JNU administration headed by the Vice-Chancellor of being responsible for the orgy of violence in JNU,” the letter said.
Slogans of ‘Halla Bol’ and ‘Inquilab Zindabad’ echoes in the air. While banners with messages such as ‘No CAA, No NRC’, ‘Ban ABVP from university campuses’, can be seen. Also ‘Reject Violence’, ‘Education is not a commodity to be bought or sold’ could be seen among the massive crowd.