Police Stop JNU Students Marching Towards President House And Baton Charged On Them To Disperse

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New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students who were marching towards Rashtrapati Bhawan were stopped by police and baton charged near the Bhikaji Cama Place metro station here on Monday.

Heavy deployment of police was in place ahead of the students’ march against the hostel fee hike. When the students reached the cordoned off area, they tried to jump across the barricades and were lathi charged by police.

Authorities tightened security and closed the gates of three Metro stations in New Delhi ahead of a foot march called by students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to protest the varsity administration’s order raising hostel fee.

The entry and exit points at the Udyog Bhawan, Lok Kalyan Marg and Central Secretariat Metro stations were closed as JNU students’ planned a ‘padyatra’ from the JNU campus to Rashtrapati Bhawan demanding to meet President Ram Nath Kovind.

“This March is for all the students of this country, and for the non-students too, to remind them that you have to fight, till you get your rights. We will not wait quietly. #FeesMustFall #EmergencyinJNU #ChatraPadayatra,” JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) said on Twitter.

Security has also been ramped up around JNU ahead of the march to Rashtrapati Bhavan. Roads leading to the JNU have also been closed for the traffic, officials of Delhi Traffic Police said.

Baba Gangnath Marg is closed for vehicular traffic due to students’ protest and the long march, they said.

JNUSU also posted photographs on Twitter claiming the police have closed all the gates of the university.

“State arms against students’ voice. We have seen the extents to which the Delhi Police can go to intimidate us. But you will not deter us,” it tweeted.

The students, who have been protesting for more than a month now, have also called for a boycott of the upcoming semester exams from December 12.

They had also marched to Parliament on November 18 but were stopped.

 

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