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JNU protests HIGHLIGHTS: Removal of V-C not a solution, says HRD secy; students march towards President House, detained

JNU Violence Protests Today HIGHLIGHTS: Soon after meeting with the HRD ministry seeking removal of campus V-C M Jagadesh Kumar, JNUSU gave a call to march towards the Rashtrapati Bhawan. JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh termed the meet as "unsatisfactory".

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 9, 2020 10:29:54 pm
Delhi Police personnel deployed at the Vijay Chowk, near President House and Parliament. (PTI Photo/Vijay Verma)

JNU Violence Protests: Moments after Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Aishe Ghosh gave a call to protesters to head towards the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Thursday, a scuffle broke out with the Delhi Police as they stopped the march. The police then lathicharged and detained students. The development comes soon after the meeting between the JNUSU president along with other members and the HRD ministry concluded, which Ghosh termed as “unsatisfactory”.

“We’re in no position to compromise with HRD ministry. It’s still thinking whether VC should be removed,” Ghosh said. The JNUSU president along with other members held a meeting with the Ministry of Human Resource Development seeking removal of varsity’s Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar, following his inaction on Sunday’s campus violence.

Earlier today, hundreds of people, including students and teachers, protesting against Sunday’s mob violence on Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus were stopped by the Delhi Police on Thursday near Shastri Bhawan.

Violence had broken out at the university on Sunday night after a masked mob armed with sticks and rods attacked students and teachers and damaged property inside the campus, prompting the administration to call in police which conducted a flag march. The January 5 attack has triggered mass protests across the country against the police inaction to control the situation. Facing widespread criticism, Kumar on Tuesday urged the students to put the past behind and return to the varsity’s premises.

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JNU students led citizens' march from Mandi House today. Get HIGHLIGHTS here.

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    22:03 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    Prakash Javadekar hits back on Cong, says HRD, govt did not instigate violence

    Union Minister Prakash Javadekar alleged that the Congress' claim that HRD minister and government instigated violence in JNU on Sunday was false. Further, he said, "Masked men entered server room and destroyed whatever they could to stall registration process, not on Jan 5 but before that."

    21:08 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    JNU protest: 11 protesters marching towards Rashtrapati Bhawan detained, later released

    Around 11 persons were detained after a protest organised by JNU students turned violent as Delhi Police tried to top the agitators to move towards the Rashtrapati Bhawan, said the DCP. The 11 detained were released subsequently.

    "Delegation came out after the meeting, one of the student leaders provoked gathering to move towards Rashtrapati Bhawan. Consequently, they stopped normal traffic at Rajendra Pd Road. They were prevented from doing so. 11 persons were detained&subsequently released," the DCp said.

    Sharing details of the meeting between the JNUSU and the HRD ministry earlier this evening, the DCP said a delegation of nine people of the JNUSU including teachers met the officials of the ministry. (ANI)

    20:06 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    Murli Manohar Joshi seeks JNU VC's ouster

    Former HRD minister and senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Thursday called for the removal of JNU Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar, saying it is "shocking" that he is adamant on not implementing a government proposal to resolve the fee-hike crisis in the university.After holding a meeting with JNUSU members, the HRD ministry said removal of V-C is not the solution.

    19:56 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    JNU violence 'officially sponsored goondaism'; Amit Shah, HRD minister responsible: Congress

    The Congress on Thursday alleged that the violence in JNU was "officially sponsored goondaism" and said Home Minister Amit Shah and HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal were responsible for it. Congress demanded that those behind the violence must be identified and arrested immediately. It said normalcy in the JNU campus was not possible till its Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar resigned. "The violent incident that occurred in JNU was not a sudden development but was planned. Everyone knows who was behind this violence. "I make a direct charge that HRD Minister and the Home Minister are responsible for the incident. This is nothing but an officially sponsored goondaism," senior party leader Jairam Ramesh said at a press conference. (PTI)

    19:24 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    In Pictures | Delhi Police detains protesters marching towards Rashtrapati Bhawan

    JNU students who commenced their march to Rashtrapati Bhawan protesting against the violence on the university campus were stopped by police and later detained. The police also resorted to baton charge to control the mob who tried to block the traffic at Janpath. Using loudspeakers, the police also appealed to the crowd to maintain peace.

    (Source: AP photos)

    18:54 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    Watch | Clash between Delhi Police, protesters

    The Delhi Police lathicharged and detained few students who were marching towards the Rashtrapati Bhawan Wednesday evening.

    18:43 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    HRD ministry to focus on academics, not political matters: Amit Khare

    Dismissing JNUSU president and other members' plea to remove VC Jagadesh Kumar, the HRD ministry said its focus is on academic issues, not on political matters.

    "The basic issue on which the whole problem has arisen needs to be addressed first. Changing X, Y or Z is not as important as resolving the issues that have come up," said HRD secretary Amit Khare.

    The ministry is scheduled to meet JNU students again after meeting the VC tomorrow.

    18:31 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    Watch | Protesters marching to Rashtrapati Bhawan and Delhi Police in a brawl

    A scuffle broke out between the protesters heading towards Rashtrapati Bhawan and the Delhi Police as the officers tried to stop the march. The police then lathicharged and detained a few students.

    18:26 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    JNU VC's removal not a solution: HRD ministry

    Soon after the meeting between the JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh along with members and the HRD ministry concluded, the HRD Secretary Amit Khare said the removal of varsity' Vice-Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar is not a solution.

    Ghosh, on the other hand, had termed the meeting as "unsatisfactory" and said “We’re in no position to compromise with HRD ministry. It’s still thinking whether VC should be removed." 

    18:13 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    Delhi Police lathicharges on protesters headed to Rashtrapati Bhawan

    Moments after JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh gave a call to march towards the Rashtrapati Bhawan, a scuffle broke out between the protesters and Delhi Police. The police lathicharged on the students and have detained a few as well. 

    18:09 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    Meeting with MHRD unsatisfactory: JNUSU president Ghosh

    The JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh termed the meeting as "unsatisfactory" giving a call to continue the march to Rashtrapati Bhawan. "We're in no position to compromise with HRD ministry. It's still thinking whether VC should be removed," Ghosh said. However, within moments of the call to protest, the Delhi Police stopped the march. 

    The JNUSU president along with other members held a meeting with the Ministry of Human Resource Development seeking removal of varsity's Vice-Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar, following his inaction on Sunday's campus violence.

    17:52 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    JNU forms 5-member panel to probe January violence on campus

    A five-member committee has been formed by JNU to probe the Sunday violence on campus and recommend measures to ensure safety of students, said Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar.

    "We have formed a five-member panel which will work in association with our internal security committee. The panel will also look into lapses, if any and recommend measures to ensure safety of students on campus.

    "Identifying weaker security areas, ensuring the installation of CCTVs and other measures to increase students safety, will be the areas, the committee will also look into," Kumar said.

    The panel will also probe lapses.

    17:22 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    Ex-JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar asks Centre why won't there be politics in varsity

    At Delhi's protest march, called by the JNUSU today at Mandi House,  former JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar questioned the intentions of the BJP-led government and asked what issue does the Centre have with government-run educational institutions. 

    "We have a political science department in JNU, why will we not participate in politics," Kumar questioned. 

    16:07 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    Delhi CAA protest: No resignation, JNU VC should be removed, says Sitaram Yechury

    Demanding removal of the JNU Vice- president Jagadesh Kumar, following Sunday's mob attack on campus, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said the VC was "complicit" in the incident. "The police were outside but he did not call them inside. He only called them when the attack was over. It means the VC is also complicit in the incident," he said.

    Yechury questioned why the VC did not register an FIR against the goons who barged in JNU and attacked students.

    Taking a dig at the BJP-led Centre, CPI(M) leader D Raja called the Amit Shah-Narendra Modi duo as members of the 'Tukde tukde' gang. "Amit shah says tukde tukde gang. What is the tukde tukde gang if not Modi Shah?.. this is a tukde tukde govt. Fighting for JNU is fighting for a secular democratic republic. Targeting of JNU is nothing but part of a nefarious design to convert our secular democratic republic into Hindu Rashtra," he said.

    15:47 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    In Pictures | CPI(M) leaders Sitaram Yechury, D Raja join protest march in Delhi

    The protest march, which began at Delhi's Mandi House, has been joined by RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha, Kiran Walia and CPI(M) leaders Sitaram Yechury, D Raja, Prakash Karat and Brinda Karat and LJD leader Sharad Yadav.  The Delhi Police has escorted the delegation of teachers' association, students' union office bearers of the varsity to meet HRD officials. 

    (Express photos: Abhinav Saha)

    15:25 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    Delhi Police stops CAA protest near Shashtri Bhawan

    The Delhi Police has stopped a march by students and members of civil society organisations near Shashtri Bhawan. The protest was marching towards the HRD ministry. The protest march has been joined by RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha, Kiran Walia and CPI(M) leaders Sitaram Yechury, D Raja, Prakash Karat and Brinda Karat and LJD leader Sharad Yadav. JNUSU VP Saket Moon and few other protesters have been called by the MHRD where they will put table their demands. "We will leave from here after ensuring our demands now," JNUSU VP said. Soon public speeches will begin. 

    (Express photos)

    14:55 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    CAA protest march affects traffic in central Delhi

    Traffic in central Delhi has been affected due to protest march by students against the new citizenship law. Vehicles have been diverted on Sansad Marg where Modi was attending a meeting with Niti Aayog.

    Traffic restrictions were put in place near Mandi House and barricades were put up outside Shastri Bhawan on the Rajendra Prasad Road where the protestors were headed to. Buses plying on the Rakabganj Road and Pant Marg were also re-routed. Both carriageways of Baba Gang Nath Marg from Nelson Mandela Marg and Aruna Asaf Ali Marg will remain shut till 8 pm due to demonstration at the JNU campus, officials said.

    'Traffic will remain heavy in the carriageway from Dhaula Kuan towards Moti Bagh due to underpass construction work at Durgabai Deshmukh Metro Station. Kindly avoid the stretch,' Delhi Police tweeted.

    14:13 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    JNU protests LIVE: JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh joins citizens' march

    JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh also arrived at Mandi House to join the citizens' march.

    14:01 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    JNU protests LIVE: V-C has to go, says Yechury

    Sitaram Yechury, CPI(M) general secretary, said, "For three hours, people wearing masks beat up varsity students. They entered the campus with police being present at the main gate." Alleging that the incident could not have happened without the vice-chancellor knowing about it, he said, "The VC has to go". CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat also arrived at the citizens' march.

    13:55 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    JNU protests LIVE: Students demand resignation of V-C over January 5 violence

    The protesters shouted slogans demanding strict action against those involved in the campus violence of January 5 that left around 35 injured. They also demanded the resignation of the varsity vice-chancellor.

    13:47 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    JNU protests LIVE: Politicians, activists arrive for citizens' march


    The citizens' march will take place from Mandi House to the Ministry of Human Resource Development. (Express photo/Abhinav Saha)

    13:43 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    JNU protests LIVE: Citizens' march begins from Mandi House

    Led by CPI(M) leaders Sitaram Yechury and D Raja, LJD leader Sharad Yadav and activist Kavita Krishnan, the citizens' march from Mandi House to the Ministry of Human Resource Development have begun in the national capital.

    13:34 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    JNU protests LIVE: Sharad Yadav, Yechury arrive at Mandi House for citizens' march


    Loktantrik Janata Dal party leader Sharad Yadav and CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury have arrived at Mandi House for citizens' march. (Express photo/Abhinav Saha)

    13:26 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    JNU protests LIVE: Stopped at varsity gate by police, say students; cops deny charge

    While JNU students and teachers claimed they were stopped by police at the varsity's main gate, the cops said students are being allowed to board the buses they had booked to reach the protest venue in central Delhi.

    13:13 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    JNU protests LIVE: Students continue agitation at varsity campus


    Protests underway at JNU in New Delhi on Thursday. (Express photo/Tashi Tobgyal)

    13:11 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    JNU protests LIVE: Will continue to fight, says JNUSU

    Taking to Twitter, JNUSU said, "Delhi Police is here to stop us. They, however, could not stop the ABVP terrorists during the JNU terror attack. We are protesting the attack on our President, on our students and on our professors. You should not have dared to attack JNU. We shall fight, we shall win."

    13:02 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    JNU protests LIVE: Students union urges citizens to join march from Mandi House

    "Hey Delhi, it's your turn now to show your solidarity with the Students of India. Let's march together against mob violence and in defense of inclusive public education. Please come with posters in your hand and love in your heart for all our fellow-citizens. See you tomorrow," JNUSU had posted Twitter on Wednesday.

    12:59 (IST)09 Jan 2020
    JNU protests: Students prepare for citizens' march from Mandi House

    Security has been increased at the main gate of Jawaharlal Nehru University ahead of a protest march by the varsity’s students’ union at 12 pm on Thursday. To protest against Sunday’s violence — that had 36 people, including JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh injured — the students’ union have called for a citizens’ march from Mandi House to the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Follow our live blog for all the latest updates.

    jnu, jnu latest news, jnu news, jnu violenec, jnu protest, jnu today latest news, jnu attack, jnu violence news, jnu today news, jnu delhi live, jnu live news, jnu student protest, jnu student protest news, jnu student protest latest news The citizens march on Thursday will be held from Mandi House to the Ministry of Human Resouce Development in New Delhi. (Express photo/Abhinav Saha)

    The JNU students union has been demanding a rollback of hostel and mess fee hike and have boycotted registration for the next semester.

    On January 5, a mob of masked men stormed the campus and targeted students in three hostels, unleashing mayhem with sticks, stones and iron rods by hitting inmates and breaking windows, furniture and personal belongings.

    Earlier in the day, the varsity formed a five-member committee to probe the violence. The committee, headed by Joint Commissioner of Police (Western Range) Shalini Singh, was constituted on instructions of Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik. The report is expected to be shared with the Home Ministry in the coming days.

    Under fire from students and faculty members for not doing enough, Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar on Tuesday urged the students to put the past behind and return to the varsity's premises. "Our heart goes out to all the injured students. The incident (violence) is unfortunate," Kumar said in a brief statement. "I would like to tell students that JNU campus is a secure place. I urge all students to come back to the campus. Let us put the past behind," the vice chancellor said.