Brutality on JNU march

 

New Delhi: Around 6.15pm on Friday, two reporters from a national English newspaper and news agency PTI were covering a march by JNU students and teachers to Parliament to press for several demands, including academic freedom.

 

The march was stopped near the Safdarjung flyover, over 6km from Parliament. Police lathi-charged the marchers and used water cannons. Several students and teachers were beaten up. So were journalists.

 

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The Delhi police on Friday ordered a lathi charge and fired water canons on thousands of Jawaharlal Nehru University students and teachers near INA market. They were marching towards Parliament to protest the removal of several department heads and a coordinator for not complying with the university’s new attendance rules.

 

Several videos and images of the police action have been posted on Twitter. Twenty students were arrested. Some of them were taken to Haus Khas police station and others to the Defence Colony Delhi Police Licensing Unit station, which deals with the licensing of arms and arms offences. After CPI(M) Politbureau member Suhasini Ali and Congress leader Ashok Tanwar arrived at the police station, the students have reportedly been released.

A completely peaceful march by JNU teachers and students was greeted by water cannons and then a lathi charge by Delhi Police on Friday. Several videos of the police action have been posted on Twitter

The Delhi police on Friday ordered a lathi charge and fired water canons on thousands of Jawaharlal Nehru University students and teachers near INA market. They were marching towards Parliament to protest the removal of several department heads and a coordinator for not complying with the university’s new attendance rules.

Several videos and images of the police action have been posted on Twitter. Twenty students were arrested. Some of them were taken to Haus Khas police station and others to the Defence Colony Delhi Police Licensing Unit station, which deals with the licensing of arms and arms offences. After CPI(M) Politbureau member Suhasini Ali and Congress leader Ashok Tanwar arrived at the police station, the students have reportedly been released.

Brutal Police Lathi Charge on Student including teachers and females.#JNULongMarch

National Herald spoke to some students at the protest:

Participants at the march have also been uploading images and videos of the shocking police action. According to demonstrators, the police were stopping them from marching towards Parliament as they were not granted permission for the protest.

Senior Delhi Police officials could not be reached over phone for their comments.

The JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTU) and students of JNU were marching also to demand suspension of Professor Atul Johri, who has been accused of sexual harassment by eight students.

The JNU teachers are protesting against the removal of several department heads and a coordinator for not complying with the university’s new attendance rules, and a number of them are on a hunger strike. The association said the university’s administration has not reached out to the faculty members who have been on the hunger strike for the past three days. It has also demanded that the management withdraw its notification removing the department heads and other circulars issued without consulting relevant university authorities.

Congress Lok Sabha MP Sushmita Dev and Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Tanwar with the students

Congress Lok Sabha MP Sushmita Dev and Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Tanwar with the students

Speaking to National Herald, Ashok Tanwar, a former student of JNU and president of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee said Delhi Police, which comes under Home Minister Rajnath Singh has brutally beaten up the students. “It is a part of a systematic assault on JNU. RSS-BJP have been trying to saffronise the campus. From appointments to seat cut to removing scholarships, everywhere there is RSS hand,” said Tanwar.

More videos of the police action can be seen below:

See How @DelhiPolice is treating the protesters . Police has beaten the students after arresting them .. #JNULongmarch#JNU#Jnuprotest@Live_Hindustan

peaceful march disrupted with brutal lathi charge by the delhi police. female students manhandled and assaulted by the police while one of the major reasons for protest was against sexual harassment. Shame on the authority. #jnulongmarch

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Brutal police violence unleashed by @BJP4India on JNU students peacefully protesting against fund cut/scuttling of reservation/shielding of moledtors by BJP appointed univ administrations. Women students detained. #JNULongMarch@ndtv@TOIIndiaNews@thewirehindi@AnyaShankar@dna

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#JNULongMarch में छात्र शांतिपूर्वक बिना ट्रैफ़िक को डिस्टर्ब किए मार्च कर रहे थे लेकिन फिर @DelhiPolice ने किसके आदेश पर लाठीचार्ज किया और शांतिपूर्ण प्रदर्शन को हिंसा के बल पर ख़त्म करने की कोशिश की?#StudentsLongMarch#JNU

Shameful and outrageous. #JNULongmarch

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The “Padyatra”, which started at the varsity’s campus, was organised by the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) and the Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers Association (JNUTA).

 

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