JNU Protest: Students accuse police of lathicharge

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Police has stopped the students' march to Parliament to protest the increase in hostel fees at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi.

On Monday, thousands of JNU students gathered in an attempt to march from their campus to Parliament, but the police stopped them near the main gate. The winter session of Parliament has started from Monday.
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The police had done heavy barricading on both sides of the main gate since Sunday night and imposed Section 144 in the area to prevent the students from marching.

When the students came out on Monday, they could move only about 100 meters from the main gate of the campus because a large number of police forces are deployed. Police have also arrested JNU Students Union President Aishi Ghosh.

Many students managed to move from there and many students are moving towards Parliament amidst heavy police force.
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Udyog Bhavan, Patel Chowk and the Central Secretariat metro station have been closed in view of the students' march. Metro has issued a statement saying that on the advice of Delhi Police, these three stations have been closed at present.

After the student protests, the JNU administration announced a reduction in the increased fees. But the students demand that the old fees should be implemented, they do not accept any increase in the fees.

A student involved in March said, "Our fees have gone up. It has been more than three years since our VC came. Nobody is getting from us. We sit on Eddie's block every day. The VC is not ashamed to once come and see here that his children are dying.

Another student said, "Till now we used to give a mess bill of 2500 rupees every month but it has been increased to 6500 rupees. The right rules for this increase were also not followed. Neither the hostel president was consulted nor his opinion was sought from the student union.
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A student said that the police had lathi-charged the students and many students were injured.
 DCP SS Randhawa of the Central District said, "The Delhi Police has acted with great restraint. There is no lathicharge anywhere. The students have broken the barricade and fled from there. That is why he may have been hurt in it.

Invoking the march till Parliament, the JNU Students Union had appealed to students of other universities to join it as well.

But the JNU administration did not allow the students to march to Parliament.

On Sunday, JNU VC Jagdish Kumar appealed to the students not to join the march and to attend their classes. VC had said that the examinations are close, so students should concentrate on their studies.

VC said via a video message on JNU's website, "If we are still on strike, it will affect the future of thousands of students. A new week will start tomorrow and I request students Come back and take your research work forward. Semester examinations will start from December 12 and if you do not go to classes, it will affect your future goals. "

On this, the students say that instead of video message, the VC should call the students directly and talk face to face.

Students say that they have been sitting on a dharna near the JNU's Admin Block for the last twenty days.