JNU Students Stopped While Marching Towards Parliament, Many Detained

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Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University stage a demonstration against the alleged partial rollback in hostel fee hike, in New Delhi. — IANS file photo

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NEW DELHI — More than 50 JNU students were detained on Monday, as they were marching towards Parliament to protest against fee-hike in the university, amid heavy deployment of police and CRPF in New Delhi.

Hundreds of JNU students gathered near near Safdarjung Tomb for a protest march on Monday and walked towards parliament defying Section 144 that was slapped in the morning to prevent the protests.

Police put up barricades a kilometre away from Parliament to prevent the students from proceeding, leading to students trying to climb over the barricades.

The detained students were taken to Badarpur Police Station while rest of the students continued their protest on Parliament street, Aafreen Fatima, a student leader of the JNU, told Caravan Daily.

Aafreen said that she was pushed against the barricade and even her headscarf was pulled as she tried to proceed with the protest.

Another girl student who took part in the protest said police trying to stop the protesters resorted to uncalled for and unnecessary harsh treatment during which students felt uneasy and their headscarves were pulled.

“The students are struggling hard to clear the barricades installed by the Delhi police, but they admit that they might not reach Parliament because of heavy police and CRPF deployment in the way,” a student said.

Th police also beat up some students, another student who was there in protest said.

The protesting students carried placards in their hands and chanted anti-fee hike slogans.

The university students have been holding massive protest demonstrations for over two weeks in the campus pressing on the administration to roll back the order revising the hostel fee

Wednesday morning hundreds of students gathered on the pavement outside the administration department building demanding revocation of fee hike order by university administration.

Same day, University administration reportedly accepted some of the demands regarding fees hike under pressure from the agitating students describing it as a “major rollback”.

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