FIR against protesting JNU students; RS disruptedConrad Contributor November 19, 2019 0 COMMENTS
IMAGE: JNU students block a road as they protest demanding a total rollback of the hostel fee hike, in New Delhi, on Monday. Photograph: Shahbaz Khan/PTI Photo
The Delhi Police lodged a first information report on Tuesday in connection with the protest by Jawaharlal Nehru University students over a hostel fee hike, a senior police official said.
He said the FIR was registered under the relevant provisions of law at the Kishangarh police station, but did not divulge the details.
There was no immediate reaction from the JNU Students‘ Union (JNUSU).
Hundreds of JNU students rocked the national capital on Monday, bringing several parts of the city to a halt.
The students took out a protest march opposing the recent fee hike against which an agitation has been going on for over three weeks.
During their clash with the police, the students alleged that they were baton-charged by the men in uniform.
However, top police officials denied using force against the students.
According to the police, nearly 30 police personnel and 15 students were injured during the eight-hour protest, in which thousands of students from different universities across the national capital took part.
There was a heavy deployment of police and paramilitary personnel outside the main gate of the JNU campus, even before the march commenced. Water cannons and PCR vans were also stationed outside.
Before the protest began, the human resource development (HRD) ministry set up a three-member committee to recommend ways to restore the normal functioning of the university and initiate a dialogue with the students and the administration.
The protesters took out the march around noon, broke the first set of barricades at the main gate of the campus and proceeded towards Baba Gangnath Marg, where another set of barricades awaited them.
The police detained about 100 protesters, including JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh, secretary Satish Chandra Yadav and former JNUSU president N Sai Balaji.
The students were ultimately stopped outside the Safdarjung Tomb, where, they alleged, the police baton-charged them, an allegation denied by the men in uniform.
On Saturday, an FIR was registered against unidentified persons over an incident of ‘defacement‘ of the JNU‘s administration block.
Oppn slams govt over police action against JNU students, BJP hits back
The police action on protesting JNU students disrupted the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, with opposition leaders slamming the Modi government and the varsity administration for ‘repressing‘ a democratic movement.
However, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party leaders expressed scepticism with Union minister Giriraj Singh alleging that some people wanted to turn JNU into a Centre of ‘Urban Naxalism‘.
“The hostel fee hike is a pretext for whatever is happening in JNU. Some people want to turn JNU into a centre of Urban Naxalism. Its the same JNU where ‘Bharat Tere Tukde Honge‘ slogans were raised and where death anniversary of Afzal Guru was observed,” the minister told a news channel.
Aam Aadmi Party‘s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh slammed the police action against students alleging that it was for the first time that students of the university were ‘beaten mercilessly‘ for raising their genuine demands.
“It is the same Delhi Police that was complaining that their uniform was tainted after they were assaulted by lawyers. Does beating innocent students, including a visually challenged one, not taint their uniform,” Singh said.
Rajya Sabha proceedings on Tuesday were adjourned till 2 pm after opposition uproar over alleged police action on protesting JNU students in the national capital and detention of political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir.
Communist Party of India general secretary D Raja said that use of police force on the students was barbaric and unprecedented.
“The Modi government and the JNU administration should understand that the students are not only fighting for themselves but also for the future of their community,” he said.
Raja alleged that the JNU administration was trying to ‘repress‘ the democratic voice of dissent by the students with use of police force to impose its ‘agenda‘ which was against the fundamental values of the varsity.