The police came first Thursday, the students later, backed by several groups including teachers, artists and citizens for a march to demand release of JNU students’ union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar and retraction of charges against other students.
Those who turned up for the march from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar described it as one to reclaim the soul of democracy. The numbers were too many for Jantar Mantar and the destination ended up being Parliament Street. Police personnel arrived at about 12.30 pm for the march scheduled to start at 2 pm.
Delhi Police personnel at Parliament Street, minutes before hundreds of JNU students, teachers, artists and leaders marched into the area Thursday. (Express Photo Tashi Tobgyal)