Students affiliated to various left-oriented students’ unions such as All India Students’ Association, All India Democratic Students’ Organisation, All India Students’ Federation, Students’ Federation of India and University Community for Democracy and Equality held a demonstration outside Mumbai University’s Kalina Campus carrying banners and posters with slogans such as “JNU ko Nyaya Milna Chahiye” and “There will be no more Rohiths”.
The students were from various Mumbai colleges as well as some from Pune University.
About 100 students took part in the protest.
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The unions said they hope to hold more protests in colleges and initiate discussion among students on freedom of speech, caste discrimination and other issues.
“JNU students were targeted by the administration. Most students punished belong to Dalit or Muslim communities or backward castes,” said Abhilasha Srivastava, Maharashtra State Secretary of All India Students Association.
The demonstrations comprising speeches by youth leaders of various student organizations will focus on issues ranging from Kanhaiya Kumar, the rustication of other JNU students, etc.
“The attack on Kumar on his Jet Airways flight was definitely pre-planned. We will continue to protest against this and the rustication of Umar and Anirban,” commented Shambuk Uday, State Vice President of All India Students Federation.
“Students fear the same thing will happen at their colleges,” Uday added.
Among protests lined up in the coming days is one in South Mumbai’s Madanpura area next week. Abhilasha of AISA said, “We will keep organizing these meetings repeatedly in support of JNU until the authorities revoke the punishments.”
While the exam season may mar plans for immediate demonstrations, the students’ organisations said they would restart their series of initiatives once the colleges reopen.