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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.

    14:47 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    JNU protest: March to deviate from planned route

    JNU students march takes U-turn As JNU students were not allowed to move towards Ber Sarai, the March has taken a U-turn. Students to deviate from the planned route.

    14:21 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    'Haven't seen JNU VC for days': JNU student

    Students took out the march carrying banners that read "save public education", "fees must fall" and "ensure affordable hostels for all". Another student, who did not wish to be named, said, "We haven't seen our VC (vice-chancellor) in a long time. It's time that he comes out and talks to us. Instead of appealing to us through teachers and other methods, he should initiate a dialogue with us."

    13:58 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    'Getting lollipop in terms of partial rollback': JNU student

    "We are being given a lollipop in terms of the partial rollback. I am the first from my family to reach university. There are many others like me. Education is not the birthright of a privileged few," Priyanka, another student, said.

    13:43 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    JNU protests: Sitaram Yechury extends support to students

    Coming in support of the protesting JNU students, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said, "JNU under seige; such a massive deployment of forces was not seen even during the Emergency. A peaceful protest march to Parliament against the unprecedented fee hikes is being forcibly stopped by the police. Strongly condemn this denial of basic democratic right to protest."

    13:32 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    JNU protests: Students break second set of barriers

    Students break second set of barriers as JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh, JNUSU secretary Satish Yadav and former JNUSU President N Sai Balaji  among others are taken away by police.

    13:27 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Union not informed of HRD Ministry's decision to form panel, says JNU student

    Akshat, a JNU student, told PTI, "The students' union has not been informed by the ministry about the formation of a panel. The administration officials and the panel should speak to the elected union to solve the issue."

    13:21 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    'HRD Ministry fooling JNU students'

    Former JNU Students' Union president N Sai Balaji said, "Delhi Police stops JNU students peaceful march to parliamentarians! The Mhrd is fooling students by forming committee. Why didn't the committee suspend fee hike till dialogue is happening? We are demanding a rollback of the fee hike."

    12:52 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    JNU students protest against fee hike in Delhi


    JNU students protest against fee hike in New Delhi on Monday. (Express photo/Aranya Shankar)

    12:30 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    JNU protest: Water cannon on spot to disperse agitating students

    Water cannons and more barricades have been placed near Kendriya Vidyalaya, Baba Gangnath Marg. The cops have also asked students to disperse or face action.

    12:24 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    JNU students break barricades outside varsity

    Students break barricade at the main gate of the varsity and head towards Ber Sarai where more barricades are in place.

    12:08 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    JNU protests: Mohd Salim, K K Ragesh attend students' event

    Mohd Salim and K K Ragesh attended the event. Addressing the gathering, Mohd Salim said: “Your anger is absolutely legitimate. All of us would never have been able to enter higher education if the public-funded university system did not exist in our country.” K K Ragesh said he was “cautioned” by the Registrar not to attend the meeting. “Even when I entered campus, some security personnel told me the meeting has been cancelled…”

    12:07 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    JNU registrar refers to Delhi HC directive on students' protest

    The registrar invoked academic rules and a Delhi HC directive to say that “hunger strikes, dharnas and other peaceful and democratic forms of protest” can only be held 100 metres away from the administrative block.

    11:58 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Avoid student meeting on campus: JNU registrar writes to MPs

    Former and present MPs, who were invited by students to address a public meeting at JNU on Sunday, received letters from the varsity’s registrar asking them not to attend the meeting. The guests included MPs K K Ragesh (CPI-M), Manoj Jha (RJD), Binoy Viswam (CPI), K Somaprasad (CPI), Elamaram Kareem (CPI-M) and former MP Mohammad Salim (CPI-M). The subject of the meeting was ‘The JNU fee hike and the crisis of public-funded education’. In his letter to the MPs, JNU Registrar Pramod Kumar wrote: “You are requested not to address the said protest meeting, as its venue falls in the close vicinity of JNU’s administrative block, which is a prohibited area… for holding such activity.”

    11:52 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    JNU protests: Police on standby ahead of students' march to Parliament

    Cops on standby as the protest march is about to begin.

    11:51 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    JNU protests: Roads leading to varsity blocked ahead of march

    All roads leading to the university have been barricaded ahead of the march. Even pedestrians are not being allowed to go beyond a point.

    11:24 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    JNU protest march: Section 144 imposed near Parliament

    Section 144 has been imposed near the Parliament ahead of the protest march by JNU students.

    11:20 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    HRD Ministry forms committee to hold discussions with students

    The Union HRD Ministry has appointed a high power committee to hold discussion with students and administration for peaceful resolution of all issues.

    11:13 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    JNU protests: Cops deployed along Parliament route

    Police officials said adequate security arrangements have also been made along the route of the march. Police personnel have been deployed at all entry points leading to Parliament, a senior police official said.

    10:52 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    JNU Teachers' Association expresses concerns over police deployment outside varsity

    The JNU Teachers' Association (JNUTA) expressed concern over the deployment of police outside the varsity. "The massive police deployment and barricading at the gates of the JNU campus, which on the face of it appears to be only for the purpose of preventing the students from taking out their planned march to Parliament," it said. "Such measures or use of force to thwart the exercise of constitutionally guaranteed democratic rights and to impede the students from peacefully taking their voice beyond the campus would be extremely unfortunate and the JNUTA hopes that no such situation will eventually arise," the association said.

    10:50 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Heavy deployment of police outside JNU ahead of protest march to Parliament

    Ten companies are deployed outside JNU, police said, PTI reported. One company comprises 70 to 80 personnel.

    jnu protest, jnu protest live news, jnu protest news, jnu protest today news, jnu protest news update, jnu student protest, jnu student protest today, jnu student protest news, jnu student protest live, jnu university student protest, jnu university student protest fee hike, jnu university student protest hostel fee hike, jnu students protest today JNU students during the protest in Delhi last week. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

    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.