Pawan Khera, spokesperson for the Indian National Congress, says the crackdown by Police shows that the government is afraid of the youth. “It clearly shows that this govt is afraid of the youth of India. It is afraid of any University which encourages free school of thought. The proposed fee hike would make JNU one of the most expensive universities, students are right in demanding a roll back,” he said.
Entry, Exit Closed at 3 Delhi Metro Stations Near Parliament | Entry and exit points of three Delhi Metro stations near Parliament have been shut down temporarily due to the ongoing JNU students protest, scheduled to reach the parliament. “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 DMRC tweeted.
Traffic in Parts of Lutyens’ Delhi Hit as JNU Students Continue to Protest | Traffic in some parts of the Lutyens’ Delhi has been affected due to the ongoing JNU students protest. Vehicles on Nelson Mandela Marg, Aurobindo Marg and Baba Gang Nath Marg are heading at a snail’s pace, a senior police officer said.
Students of Lucknow University Extend Their Support to Protesting JNU Students | “We the students of University of Lucknow gives our solidarity to the ongoing JNU Fee Hike Movement. We condemn the severe crushing of students movement and serious threats to crumble their voice in this mean time,” the students said in a statement.
Why the Figure of Rs 300 is Misleading? 43% of students of JNU have an annual parental income of less than ₹ 1,44,000 and the proposed fee hike will make the annual hostel fee ₹ 66,100 for Single Seater and ₹ 62, 500 for Double Seater. The JNUSU claims that the Rs 300 hostel fees is misleading as it does not show the complete picture. An additional Rs 20,400 service charge has also been imposed by the JNU administration, which was earlier not there.
In face of unrelenting protests, the police has resorted to lathi charge. The JNU students are gathered near the Safdarjung tomb.
After meeting the resistance of police force, the protesting JNU students took an alternate route from Bikaji Cama Place to continue their march towards Parliament against the recent fee hike implemented in the university.
At least 50 students have been detained by the police, including JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh, after standoff between students and police. The students continued their march despite prohibitory orders were issued.
Coming in support of the protesting JNU students, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said, “JNU under seige; such a massive deployment of forces was not seen even during the Emergency. A peaceful protest march to Parliament against the unprecedented fee hikes is being forcibly stopped by the police. Strongly condemn this denial of basic democratic right to protest.”