In solidarity with JNU, Rohith: More than 10,000 students head to Delhi

Thousands will take part in Chalo Delhi (Let’s march to Delhi), organised by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) for Social Justice and Hyderabad Central University (HCU).

Written by Dipti Singh | Mumbai | Updated: February 23, 2016 5:00 pm
JNU, Kahaiya Kumar, Supreme Court, JNUSU, Jawaharlal Nehru Univeristy, Sedition, Anti-National, Delhi High Court, Patiala House Court, Shehla Rashid Students will hold a solidarity march Saturday. Oinam Anand

Over 10,000 students from institutes in and around Mumbai are heading to Delhi to join the protests at Jantar Mantar and India Gate today and tomorrow, being carried out in solidarity with the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and dalit scholar Rohith Vemula. The slogan of the protest is “humein chahiye azaadi, hum cheen ke lenge” (We want freedom and we will take it forcibly).

Thousands will take part in Chalo Delhi (Let’s march to Delhi), organised by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) for Social Justice and Hyderabad Central University (HCU). Students from TISS, TIFR, Mumbai University, Nirmala Niketan, Siddharth College, Ambedkar College and other institutes will take part in it.

“Not just Mumbai, we have called upon students from across Maharashtra and even other states to join the rallies in Delhi. The government will now see the power of the community of students. They have always taken us for granted. Now, we will fight back for justice,” said a student from TISS.

JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested in a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy registered against him for allegedly staging a protest against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on the JNU campus. Allegedly, during the protest students shouted anti-India slogans.

Kanhaiya and 12 other students have been booked under Sections 124 A (Sedition), 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and for unlawful assembly. The protest rally will start from Ambedkar Bhawan and head to Jantar Mantar at 11 am today. The participants will also take part in a candlelight march at the India Gate tomorrow.

Besides this, students of colleges in Mumbai have started an online petition from February 18 to support Justice for Rohith Vemula campaign and to demand the release of Kanhaiya Kumar. Students from over 25 colleges, including IIT Bombay, St Xavier’s, Mithibai, Jai Hind, Ruia and NMIMS, have signed a petition demanding immediate release of Kanhaiya. The petition has received over 800 signatures since its launch.

Meanwhile, some of the students will stage a protest near CST station on February 23. “Our protest will now include another issue — attack on Soni Sori, the tribal rights activist. Those who are not travelling to Delhi
will join in Mumbai,” said Ghanshyam Sonar, one of the protesters.

dipti.singh@expressindia.com

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    milind dhumale
    Feb 23, 2016 at 7:45 am
    proud Jaybheem to all
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      Navin Chaturvedi
      Feb 23, 2016 at 11:37 am
      The slogan of the march is enough to summarize its key objective. With slogan like "Hume chahiye azaadi, cheen kar lenge azaadi", they want to show as if they are asking for azaadi from BJP and RSS and cover up the anti-India slogans at the campus where they called for azaadi of Kashmir, Manipur, and other troubled areas. How can anyone justify the slogans raised at JNU and JU?
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        Noorie
        Feb 23, 2016 at 5:49 am
        Excellent. If confrontation is what government wants. They will get it. Alas, when you have people who have never been in a college like our PM and HRD Minister - this is what happens.
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          rocks
          Feb 23, 2016 at 11:49 am
          BHEEM IS ONE OF HINDU GOD , SOBEWARE lol
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            rocks
            Feb 23, 2016 at 11:53 am
            RG, KEJRIWAL, NITISH etc has time to go to Hyderabad/jnu for votes but does not have time to join sorrow of maryrs' families. Does our soldiers belongs to BJP/RSS ? By visiting grieved families of martyrs they are not going to get any votes. SHAME , SHAME AND SHAME IS ONLY THOUGHTS THAT COMES TO OUR MINDS
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              rocks
              Feb 23, 2016 at 11:45 am
              Thes vote bank politics will destroy India which is giving you so much of freedom. In the garb of freedom of expression anti national sloganeering was done and even now U dont take out candle march to join in sorrow of martyrs' family. Do such freedom of expression in stan, syria , saudia etc and come back , alive, we will get you the highest bravery award on 26th Jan
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                rocks
                Feb 23, 2016 at 11:42 am
                U does not have sympathy for martyrs and march for them but for anti national...shame
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                  anon
                  Feb 23, 2016 at 8:44 am
                  That was a best comment. ..keep it up...really enjo reading
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