Delhi/ JNU students march to Parliament against increase in hostel and mess fees, stopped and thrashed by police

  • JNU students have been protesting changes in hostel manuals for the past three weeks
  • Students’ room rent was increased from Rs 10 to Rs 30
  • Apart from this, the security fee of the mess was increased to 12 thousand rupees
  • Students allege they were brutally thrashed by police

New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students started a parliament march on Monday to protest changes in hostel manuals and an increase in mess fees. However, the police stopped them at Ber Sarai Road. Students were not allowed to go to Parliament.

On the other hand, the Ministry of Human Resource Development constituted a three-member committee to end tensions in JNU. The committee will discuss all issues between the students and the administration.

10 companies of police deployed outside university: As many as 10 police companies (700-800 policemen) were deployed outside the university campus to stop the students. Outside the Parliament, a heavy police force is engaged in security. The JNU Teachers Association (JNUTA) has expressed concern over keeping police outside the university.

The students demonstrated for 15 days against an increase in the fees of hostels, mess, and other facilities. However, protests by students continued even after the withdrawal of the fee hike in some cases. They said that until the fee structure is done as before, their protest will continue.

Teachers Association support students: The Teachers’ Association said that the deployment of heavy police force outside the university seems to have only prevented students from marching to Parliament. It is unfortunate to try to prevent students from taking their voices out. We expect that no such situation will arise.

Thousands of Jawaharlal Nehru University students who on Monday started their protest march towards the Parliament, were allegedly thrashed by police personnel and taken to unknown locations after detention.

A student protestor alleged that by constituting a high-power committee to recommend ways to restore normal functioning in Jawaharlal Nehru University, the Ministry of Human Resource Development is trying to create a certain sense of fear among the students.

Student protestors thrashed brutally: “Many student protestors have been thrashed brutally and they have been taken to unknown locations. Our demand is to release our detained friends. JNUSU has not received any notification regarding the high-power committee,” said the student protestor.

“The teacher’s association has also not received any notification in this regard. They haven’t made it clear that what steps they will be taking. We want to convey a message to MHRD that no such committee is valid for us until the hostel manual gets cancelled,” he added.

Students raised slogans and banners against the government. A large number of protestors chanted slogans like, “Halla Bol” and “Dekhna hai zor kitna bazue katil mein hai”.

‘Students were thrown away like a sack’: “When we left from JNU, police had created two lines of defence. Police stopped us for at least an hour over there and then the students who tried to step forward were thrown away like a sack. Those students have been taken to some unidentified locations in PCRs. We are still not able to track our friends,” said a student protestor.

“The students are being treated very ruthlessly by the police. Later, we changed our way and now we are coming from Munirka Metro Station route. We are challenging the police who are behaving badly with the students protesting against the fee hike. We will try to reach the Parliament today no matter what,” he added.

One of the protestors claimed that many students have been injured and they have been taken to the hospital. “We were heading very peacefully still police resorted to lathi-charge. We were carrying the tricolour flag with us still the police thrashed us. This protest will continue,” said a female protestor.