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JNU protest Highlights: JNUTA to protest tomorrow against police action on students

JNU students protest Highlights: Thousands of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students, carrying placards and chanting slogans, marched towards Parliament on the first day of the Winter Session on Monday, demanding a total rollback of the hostel fee hike.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 18, 2019 10:52:39 pm
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JNU students protest Highlights: Several JNU students were injured when Delhi Police baton-charged protestors as they marched towards Parliament on the first day of Winter Session on Monday demanding a total rollback of the hostel fee hike. Many students were detained but later released.

Earlier today, the protesting students sat at Safdurjung Tomb, demanding the release of those detained and a meeting with officials of the ministry. The top brass of Delhi police tried to initiate a dialogue with them and urged them to not take law into their hands.

For the past three weeks, students have been protesting inside the administration block of the university against the increase in hostel fee, even though JNU announced a rollback last Wednesday. The union said it will be a march to save public education and appeal to MPs to take up the cause.

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21:49 (IST)18 Nov 2019
JNUTA to hold protest against police action tomorrow

The JNU Teachers' Association  (JNUTA) will stage a protest tomorrow at 4 pm against the "police brutality" on protesting students, and demand the VC's resignation. The body said the venue for the protest would be announced after consultation with JNUSU.

20:35 (IST)18 Nov 2019
JNUSU office bearers taken by police to meet HRD secy

Office-bearers of JNU Students Union (JNUSU) were escorted by police to meet the HRD secretary as thousands of protestors camping outside the Safdarjung tomb were allegedly forced by the police to go back to the campus, news agency PTI reported.

Meanwhile, the detained students have been released.

20:09 (IST)18 Nov 2019
No use water cannons, tear gas shells or lathicharge: Delhi Police

"The Delhi Police staff acted with restraint all along and, despite continued defiance by some groups of students, methods of persuasion were resorted to, and there was no use of water cannons, tear gas shells or lathi-charge at any stage of the protest," the force said in a statement.

"Women staff had been deployed in adequate numbers to deal with female protestors. Apart from 10 companies of CAPF, around 800 Delhi Police personnel were deployed to handle the protest and ensure the maintenance of law and order," it added.

19:27 (IST)18 Nov 2019
Delhi Police attempts to remove JNU students from protest site

Delhi Police attempts to remove JNU students who are protesting near Safdarjung Tomb, demanding complete fee rollback along with other demands.

19:18 (IST)18 Nov 2019
Delhi Police again resort to lathicharge

Another clash between Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students and the Delhi police. Lathicharge on students again. 

18:23 (IST)18 Nov 2019
JNU students continue to protest

JNU students continue to protest

17:58 (IST)18 Nov 2019
Trying to mediate talks with JNU students: Delhi Police

The Delhi Police Monday urged the protesting JNU students not to take law in their hands and to maintain peace as thousands of agitators continued with their march to Parliament.

"We are trying to mediate talks with the JNU students. Sufficient force have been deployed. We told them not to take law in their hands, block roads and cause inconvenience to the public. We are trying to convince them and hopefully, we will be able to solve the matter soon," Mandeep Singh Randhawa, Deputy Police Commissioner (Central) as well as the Delhi Police PRO, was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

17:44 (IST)18 Nov 2019
JNU protest: Udyog Bhawan, Patel Chowk and Central Secretariat stations functional

"Entry or exit at Udyog Bhawan, Patel Chowk and Central Secretariat have been opened. Trains are halting at all 3 stations. Entry/exit gates for Lok Kalyan Marg are still closed and trains will not be halting at the station," DMRC tweeted. 

17:37 (IST)18 Nov 2019
JNU students' protest figures in Lok Sabha

Raising the issue of protest by JNU students, BSP member Danish Ali demanded in the Lok Sabha on Monday that the government should ensure that poor students were not denied the facility of higher education for an affordable fee.

He regretted that the education system of the country was being privatised and corporatised under the rule of the BJP.

The government should look into the demands of poor students and take appropriate action, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) member said during the Zero Hour. (PTI)

17:36 (IST)18 Nov 2019
NSUI condemns police action on JNU students

"NSUI strongly condemns the police brutality in JNU today, directed against students who are exercising their democratic right to affordable education. We support the students' demand for a complete rollback of the hostel manual, which has increased hostel fees to the highest in all Central universities and education unaffordable for about 40 per cent of the students. This is also a necessary condition for any kind of good-faith talks with the Govt/Admin," the student wing of Congress party said in a statement.

17:20 (IST)18 Nov 2019
Police stop JNU students' march towards Parliament

A number of JNU students were detained and some injured when the police baton-charged and stopped them at many places. Several leaders of the agitation were detained by the police.

Traffic also went out of gear on the Nelson Mandela Marg, Aurobindo Marg and Baba Gangnath Marg among other intersections. (PTI)

16:51 (IST)18 Nov 2019
JNU protest: Lok Kalyan Marg also closed temporarily

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation: As advised by Delhi Police, trains are not halting at Lok Kalyan Marg and entry/exit gates of the station have also been closed temporarily.

16:50 (IST)18 Nov 2019
JNU protest: Three metro stations closed temporarily

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation: As advised by Delhi police, trains are not halting at Udyog Bhawan and Patel Chowk. Exit/Entry Gates for Udyog Bhawan, Patel Chowk and Central Secretariat have been closed temporarily.

16:36 (IST)18 Nov 2019
Traffic in parts of Lutyens' Delhi hit as JNU students protest

Traffic in some parts of the Lutyens' Delhi has been affected after the JNU students, protesting against the increased hostel fee, marched towards Parliament, police said on Monday.

Vehicles on Nelson Mandela Marg, Aurobindo Marg and Baba Gang Nath Marg are heading at a snail's pace, news agency PTI reported.

16:24 (IST)18 Nov 2019
Will keep sitting here: JNUSU VP

"Will keep sitting here till our detained comrades are brought here. MHRD should also include in its notification that till the committee submits its report, new hostel manual should be kept in abeyance," JNUSU Vice President Saket Moon said.

16:19 (IST)18 Nov 2019
JNU protest: Students lathicharged near Safdarjung Tomb

JNU student's march to Parliament was stopped by Police near Safdarjung Tomb.

(Express photo: Praveen Khanna)
16:01 (IST)18 Nov 2019
Lathi charge on students near Safdarjung Tomb

Lathi charge on students near Safdarjung Tomb. Students have parked themselves on the road and are refusing to move.

15:23 (IST)18 Nov 2019
Visuals from today's protest

(Express photo: Praveen Khanna)
15:12 (IST)18 Nov 2019
What JNUSU demands

In a statement, JNUSU said:

1. The MHRD must announce the withdrawal of both illegal draft IHA manual and the illegal Executive Council decisions about its adoption are kept in abeyance.

2. The JNUSU, which is the elected representatives of the students, and the JNUTA must be treated as stakeholders. An explicit assurance must be given that any decision on the manual will be taken as per the proper and established process.

3. The established process in JNU cannot and must not be short-circuited in the name of any high powered committee decisions. The JNUSU, as the elected representative of the students, is part of this established process and any intervention on the JNU issue must explicitly invite the active participation of JNUSU. This high powered committee must not be set a precedent but be a corrective.

4. The MHRD should hold the JNU VC and his administration accountable as he is responsible for the disruption in the normal functioning of JNU. The terms of reference of the MHRD committee cannot be merely to “advise the university administration”. The JNUSU reiterates its demand that the JNU VC must be removed for his complete mismanagement of the university.

15:04 (IST)18 Nov 2019
Students 'brutally attacked' by police and CRPF: JNUSU

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) in a statement claimed that the university students were 'brutally attacked' by the police and CRPF during the protest.

"The police used brutal force to disrupt our peaceful march and several students have been injured. Many students, including the office bearers, have been detained," the student's body said in a statement.

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Following large-scale protests by students, the Jawaharlal Nehru University administration Wednesday reviewed the hostel fee structure.

The bulk of changes were reserved for students falling in the “BPL (below poverty line) category” — according to the JNU administration, they will have to pay 50% of the revised room rent, service charges and utility charges (see box). For everyone else, only the refundable security deposit has been reduced to Rs 5,500 per annum from the Rs 12,000 mentioned in the draft hostel manual.

What exactly constitutes this category and who falls under it remained unclear till late Wednesday, with the HRD Ministry saying JNU will provide the finer details, and the university Registrar saying they will go by the government definition.