JNU Protesters Demanding a complete rollback of the hostel fee hike,thousands of JNU students today 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.
Entry and exit points of three Delhi Metro stations near Parliament have been shut down temporarily due to the ongoing JNU protest, authorities said on Monday.”As advised by Delhi Police,trains are not halting at Udyog Bhawan and Patel Chowk. Exit/Entry gates for Udyog Bhawan,Patel Chowk and Central Secretariat have been closed temporarily.
The JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) expressed concern over the deployment of police outside the varsity. “The massive police deployment and barricading at the gates of the JNU campus, which on the face of it appears to be only for the purpose of preventing the students from taking out their planned march to Parliament,” it said.
“Such measures or use of force to thwart the exercise of constitutionally guaranteed democratic rights and to impede the students from peacefully taking their voice beyond the campus would be extremely unfortunate and the JNUTA hopes that no such situation will eventually arise,” the association said.
Some students have been detained by the police. “It’s a way to appeal to lawmakers to fight on our behalf inside the floor of the house,” says JNUSU. 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.
According to sources, the government has said that the proposed panel will involve all stakeholders, including JNUSU and university administration in discussions unlike the committees appointed in the past with the view of “restoring normal functioning of the Jawaharlal Nehru University through dialogue” and “resolve of contentious issues”.
The panel will comprise of Prof VS Chauhan, former Vice Chairman UGC, Prof Anil Shahsrabudhe Chauhan, Chairman, AICTE and Prof Rajnish Jain, Secretary, UGC, the HRD notice stated, entrusting them with the responsibility of submitting recommendations on the actions to be taken.