JNU students lathi-charged by Delhi Police. There seems to be no end to JNU protest against the substantial hike in the hostel fee along with the change in hostel manual.
On Monday the JNU students took to street once again to protest against the fee hike. They started their protest march from their campus and were marching towards Rashtrapati Bhawan. They were demanding an appointment with the president and to seek his intervention in the hostel fee hike.
Amid the heavy deployment of police and barricades beginning right at the campus, the students were stopped at Bikaji Cama Place Metro station. However, the students tried to jump the barricades even after repeated warnings. The police then with no option left lathi-charged the protesting students.
The protest march heavily affected the traffic movement. Earlier in the day, traffic movement was closed at Baba Gangnath Marg to Sarojini Nagar depot. The police had also issued circular about the closure of entry and exit gates at Udhyog Bhawan, Lok Kalyan Marg and Central Secretariat Metro stations respectively.
It has been more than a month since students have been protesting the hiked hostel fee. They have even called for boycott of upcoming exams. The HRD ministry had set up a three-member committee to look into matter and to negotiate with the students and administration.
The Central government has clearly said that it is ready to roll back the fee hike only if students talk instead of laying a siege. It must be noted that a partial roll back of fee hike was proposed by the university last month. However, it was rejected by the students who termed it to be a mere eyewash. A similar incident occurred in the month of November when the students carried out their protest march towards Parliament. A clash broke out between students and police where several students were injured.
Students have been of the opinion that JNU administration have turned a deaf ear towards their demand to roll back fee hike therefore they wanted to meet the President, who is also the visitor of the university, and ask him to interfere in the matter.