FIR has been filed against the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for damaging the public property.
According to the police, around 30 police personnel and 15 students were injured during the protest. While the students alleged that they were baton-charged by police, top police officials denied having used any force.
There was heavy deployment of police and paramilitary personnel outside the main gate of JNU campus, even before the march commenced. Water canons and PCR vans were stationed outside.
Before the protest began, the HRD Ministry set up a three-member committee to recommend ways to restore normal functioning of the university and initiate dialogue with the students and administration.
The protesters commenced the march around noon and broke the first set of barricades at the main gate of the campus and proceeded towards Baba Gangnath Marg where another set of barricades awaited them.
The police detained about 100 protestors, including JNU Students Union president Aishe Ghosh, Secretary Satish Chandra Yadav and former JNUSU president N Sai Balaji. The students then took at an alternative route through the Munirka village and came near the Munirka metro station.
Meanwhile, the JNU Students Union today alleged that Delhi Police lathi-charged students who were protesting against the fee hike in the university and also groped several women students. Addressing a press conference, JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh said, “The manner in which the police handled the situation is very shameful. Even when female officers were present, we were groped by male police officers.” We were taken to Delhi cantonment police station and then to Saket in a tactic to delay us. We were then taken to the delegation and as soon as the representatives left, the lights went off and the students were lathi-charged.”
The students were ultimately stopped outside Safdarjung Tomb where, they alleged, the police baton- charged them, a charge denied by the police.
Meanwhile, the top brass of Delhi police tried to initiate a dialogue with them and urged them to not take law into their hands. Traffic was also affected in some parts of Lutyens' Delhi as the students marched towards Parliament. Among other intersections, vehicles were moving at a snail's pace on Nelson Mandela Marg, Aurobindo Marg and Baba Gang Nath Marg.
In a statement released by the Delhi Police, the department said they did not use force against the protesting JNU students. The JNU Teachers' Association (JNUTA) has also expressed concern over the current situation in the university campus.