JNU march: students lathicharged; 50 detained

JNU march: students lathicharged; 50 detained

Agency News

Delhi, 18 Nov 2019: Police have resorted to lathi charge to disperse Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students who were gathered near Safdarjung tomb demanding complete rollback of hostel fee hike.

As a precautionary measure, Police have detained at least 50 students, including JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh, after a standoff between students and police.

But a large group of students continued their march despite prohibitory orders were issued and moving towards parliament. The protesting JNU students forced to take an alternate route from Bikaji Cama Place to continue their march towards Parliament after they met with the resistance of police force, against the recent fee hike implemented in the university.

Around three thousand JNU students on Monday started their protest march from the university campus towards the Parliament amid heavy police deployment. Authorities imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 in and outside the university and stopped the march a kilometer away from the university gate after the students crossed three layers of police barricading.

Bowing to the demands of the students, the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry on Monday appointed a three-member high-powered committee to address the concerns regarding the fee hike. For the past three weeks, students have been protesting inside the administration block of the university against the increase in hostel fee, even though JNU announced a rollback last Wednesday.