JNU students intensify agitation, 4 metro stations shut

JNU students intensify agitation, 4 metro stations shut

Agency News

New Delhi, Nov 18: As hundreds of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students took to streets in the Capital on Monday to head towards Parliament House to press their demand of total roll back of the hostel fee hike, the gates of the Metro stations including Jor Bagh, Lok Kalyan Marg on yellow line were shut and trains skipped stoppages there.

Meanwhile, the gates of stations at Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan also on the yellow line and in the vicinity of Parliament House have been opened. These stations were earlier closed while the trains did not halt there. Winter session of Parliament began on Monday and stepped up security was already in force near Parliament House.

The temporary restrictions on stoppages and closure of the gates were enforced by the DMRC after talks with the Delhi Police in view of the JNU students protest. ''As advised by Delhi Police, trains are not halting at Jor Bagh and Lok Kalyan Marg and entry/exit gates of the station have also been closed temporarily.''

Around 50 JNU students had been detained by the police in the afternoon who were later released while large number of slogan shouting students walked on the Parliament Street in support of their demands. Security arrangements were beefed up outside the JNU campus in South Delhi as well as the Parliament House while barricading was done near Safdarjung Tomb near Jor Bagh.

Delhi Police also continuously spoke to the student bodies and leaders, assuring them of fixing a meeting with the HRD Minister. However, the students' protest is yet to be called off. Meanwhile, Delhi Police has said that they will inquire into the alleged lathi charge on the JNU students. The police has also said that they were continuously trying to talk it out with the students and have advised them to not take law in their hands.

The agitating students were stopped by the police at Safdarjung Tomb while they tried to head towards the Parliament House pressing for their demand for the total roll back of the fee hike. The students tried jumping the barricades put in place by the police and some also clashed with the police personnel. UNI