JNU Protest LIVE Updates: Another FIR has been filed against the students of JNU for damaging the public property, rioting a day after the students were baton-charged by the police during protest march against the proposed fee hike.
The JNU Students Union today alleged that Delhi Police lathi-charged students who were protesting against the fee hike in the university and also groped several women students. Addressing a press conference, JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh said, “The manner in which the police handled the situation is very shameful. Even when female officers were present, we were groped by male police officers.”
Registrar Refused to Meet HRD Ministry Panel: JNUSU | The JNU students’ union alleges that the registrar of the university refused to meet the members of the HRD Ministry-appointed panel for mediating between the agitating students and the administration and recommending ways to restore the normal functioning of the varsity. “We have got to know that the registrar refused to meet the HRD Ministry-appointed panel to mediate between us and the university. See their high-handedness. When they can refuse to entertain government representatives, how can they be expected to talk to us,” JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh said. “The strike will continue till our demands are met and the fee hike is completely rolled back,” Ghosh asserted.
Former JNU Students’ Union vice-president Shehla Rashid hit out at miscreants who “circulate” private pictures of protesting students on social media to shame them.
As JNU protests intensify, private photos of protesting students are stolen from FB & circulated publicly by govt supporters. But JNU students won't be deterred by these cheap tactics, because it's not about any individual's habits/looks; it's about creating an egalitarian future
— Shehla Rashid شہلا رشید (@Shehla_Rashid) November 19, 2019
Another FIR Against Students | A second FIR has been filed against the protesting JNU students under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and under the Damage to Property Act at the Lodhi Colony police station in New Delhi. The charges pertain to rioting, obstructing public servants from carrying out their duties, and damaging public property.
AAP Condemns Police Action | AAP’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh slammed the police action against students alleging that it was for the first time that students of the university were “beaten mercilessly” for raising their genuine demands. “It is the same Delhi Police that was complaining that their uniform was tainted after they were assaulted by lawyers. Does beating innocent students, including a visually challenged one, not taint their uniform,” Singh said.
Some Want to Turn JNU into Urban Naxalism Centre: BJP | BJP leaders expressed scepticism with Union minister Giriraj Singh alleging that some people wanted to turn JNU into a Centre of “Urban Naxalism”. “The hostel fee hike is a pretext for whatever is happening in JNU. Some people want to turn JNU into a centre of Urban Naxalism. Its the same JNU where ‘Bharat Tere Tukde Honge’ slogans were raised and where death anniversary of Afzal Guru was observed,” the minister told a news channel.
‘Not Stepping Back Until Rollback’ | In a stern message, the JNUSU said that the students won’t step back and call off protests until the proposal of hike in fees is rolled back completely. Aishe Ghosh said, “The Registrar was called to meet the Committee. What we have come to know is that the registrar has refused to meet the committee. When the Registrar and the VC are not meeting the high-level committee, how can they ask us to step back? We will not step back until there is complete rollback. The MHRD should tell the VC to rescind the fee hike and if the VC does not agree then he should resign.”
JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh recalled the atrocity that was meted out to them by the police and elaborated the repression saying, “First, we were taken to the Delhi Cantonment police station, then to Saket in such a manner that we got late. we were then taken to the delegation and as soon as the representatives left the lights went of and immediately after students were lathicharged in the dark.”
Resolute with their demands, the JNUSU reiterated that they won’t call off their protests until the HRD Ministry announces a complete rollback of the proposed fee hike.
‘Male Cops Groped Us’, Says JNUSU President | JNU Students’ Union president Aishe Ghosh is addressing a press conference at the University and has levelled grave allegations against the Delhi police. She says, “The manner in which the Police handled the situation is very shameful. Even when there were women officers we were groped by the male ones.”
Twitter War Rages over JNU Protests | A day after scores of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students were injured or detained during their protest against hostel fee hike, the issue trended on Twitter today with strong reactions from both supporters and those opposed to them. Even as the issue reverberated in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, Twitter was abuzz with hashtags JNUBachaoAndolan, StandWithJNU, EmergencyinJNU, TaxPayersWithJNU, JNULootTaxPayers, JNUProtests etc.
Delhi Police Registers FIR Against JNU Students | The Delhi police registered FIR in connection with the protests led by the JNU students. The faculty and students of Jawaharlal Nehru University alleged that over 10 students, including the visually and physically challenged, were injured due to the “brutality” of police personnel who severely batoncharged them during their protest against the hostel fee hike here on Monday, even as the Delhi Police denied the accusations.
Trinamool Congress leader Saugata Roy is speaking at the Lok Sabha over the issue of fee hike in JNU.
The day two of the 250th session of Rajya Sabha witnessed uproar over alleged police action against protesting JNU students and detention of political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir, forcing the House chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn the proceedings till 2pm today.
Former JNU Students’ Union president Shehla Rashid hit out at miscreants who “circulate” private pictures of protesting students on social media to shame them.