Delhi Police allegedly lathicharge JNU students marching towards Rashtrapati Bhawan
Students, citizens and several civil organisations joined JNUSU in a protest march, condemning the JNU violence and demanding strict action.
The Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union today held a protest march from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar, against the violence that erupted in JNU on Sunday evening. Hundreds of students, citizens and several civil organisations joined the protest to stand in solidarity with the students.
After the peaceful citizens' march reached the police blockade near the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), a delegation of JNU students union went to meet the ministry officials to submit their memorandum of demands.
MHRD secretary, Amit Khare held the meeting with the delegation, comprising JNU teachers' association member Prof D.K. Lobiyal and JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh. The ministry said the meeting was held to resolve the ongoing crisis and to "ensure that JNU retains its reputation as a premier academic and research institution in the country." Another meeting on the issue is scheduled to happen at 3 pm tomorrow.
Secretary MHRD, Shri Amit Khare held a meeting with a delegation of JNU comprising of JNUTA led by Prof D.K. Lobiyal & president elect of JNUSU, to resolve outstanding issues & to ensure that JNU retains its reputation as a premier academic & research institution in the country.— Ministry of HRD (@HRDMinistry) January 9, 2020
But the JNUSU delegation claimed that the meeting was unsatisfactory and they decided to march towards the Rashtrapati Bhawan. According to the students, they were stopped by the Delhi Police and were near Shastri Bhawan.
After a peaceful Citizens' March, #DelhiPolice has allegedly lathicharged #JNU students near Shastri Bhawan. The students were marching towards Rashtrapati Bhavan after an unsatisfactory meeting with MHRD officials. pic.twitter.com/BJ0kpPSBEz— Asiaville (@AsiavilleNews) January 9, 2020
Several JNU students were detained at Mandir Marg police station and were later released by the police.
On Wednesday the JNUSU tweeted, “If you wanted to silence us, you should have killed us. Not an Inch Back. March for us, March for the students of this country, March for Public Education.” Former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar also tweeted, appealing people to join the march to protest against mob violence.
Ahead of the march, the Delhi Police stationed heavy police personnel outside the college campus and also imposed traffic restrictions on roads adjoining the varsity campus. Baba Gang Nath Marg, from Nelson Mandela Marg and Aruna Asaf Ali Marg have been closed by the police, due to the demonstration by students.
People joined the protest in huge numbers; students, teachers, citizens and several civil organisations stood in solidarity with JNU. Students from various universities came together to condemn the violence in JNU and other universities like Jamia and AMU. They pledged to stop the government from turning educational institutions into battle fields.
JNU president Aishe Ghosh, who was brutally assaulted by the masked mob, also joined the protest.
A huge number of citizens and members of various civil and student organisations like AIDWA, KYS, AISF and others joined the protest as well, castigating the violence and government, demanding immediate action against the brutality.
Students and citizens held up creative posters, condemning the government policies and actions. Protestors chanted national slogans and songs as they peacefully marched towards Jantar Mantar.
Notably, Sharad Yadav and Sitaram Yechury also joined the march to stand in solidarity with the JNU students, condemning the violence not as politicians but as responsible citizens of the nation.
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(The story was updated at 8.00 PM IST)