Posted on November 12, 2019, 12:35 PM IST
JNU students created ruckus by raising derogatory slogans against the police force, like "Police-walo ki ek bimari, Tis Hazari, Tis Hazari", pointing out to their recent conflict with lawyers at the city's Tis Hazari court. Slogans biased towards the lawyers, who are on a strike following the clash, were also heard.
They also raised provocative banners, and they came in thousands to clash with the police on Monday as their dispute over steep fee hike escalated. The students of the varsity were protesting outside the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) property, the venue for the varsity's third convocation, which was addressed by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu.
The students' union has been holding onto indefinite strikes since a fortnight. They carried on for nine hours and the atmosphere grew tense with slogans of "Humein chahiye Azaadi curfew se, dress code se". The students' union had garnered additional support from parties like BAPSA, Kshatra RJD and Congress-backed NSUI. The protest got over around 7 pm outside the AICTE building.
Massive police deployment:
The disrupting fracas saw 600 security personnel deployed to handle these (JNUSU) students against the varsity administration's recent decisions, without lathi charge, they were only dealt with water cannons once they started to break in the barricades.
Thousands of JNU students left the HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' stranded for over six hours at the venue of the varsity's convocation.
Demands of students:
The students demanded the withdrawal of the draft hostel manual, in which service charges of Rs 1,700 are being added and the one-time mess security fee, which is refundable, has been hiked from Rs 5,500 to Rs 12,000. The rent for a single-seater room has been augmented from Rs 20 per month to Rs 600 per month, while rent for a double-seated room has been augmented to Rs 300 per month from Rs 10 per month.
The drafted hostel handbook also has new requirements for dress code and curfew timings, the students' union alleged, even as the administration denied these two claims.
JNU students say 'academic emergency' at varsity, demand VC's removal:
The students of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) claimed that there is an "academic emergency" and want the removal of V-C M Jagadesh Kumar "for his powerlessness to carry out the role of a Vice Chancellor in any reasonable and democratic manner".
HRD Minister stuck inside auditorium for over 6 hours:
Union Human Resource Development Minister Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' was trapped inside the AICTE auditorium for over six hours on Monday along with Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.
"He is inside. But the situation has been handled. The minister has spoken to JNUSU president and assured their demands will be addressed," a senior HRD Ministry official had said.
The minister got to leave the AICTE premises around 4.15 PM and had two cancel two events scheduled at the Shastri Bhawan after the convocation.
Students allege lathicharge by police
Students claimed that the police meted out lathi charge against them and they sustained injuries. The police maintained, "We were not even carrying lathis. Mild force had to be used to quell the protesters but students were not lathicharged. "In fact, many of our policemen and women were injured but we do not want to highlight the injuries we sustained. One of the students bit hard on the hand of one of our women personnel while she was trying to control the crowd," the officer said.
Journalists heckled by JNU Students
The venue turned hostile for the press covering the violent issue as TV cameras and female reporters were purportedly mishandled by the crowd.
The All India Students' Association (AISA) has addressed the student’s commune to observe National Protest Day on their campuses on November 14 in support of the JNU students and against the National Education Policy.