JNU protest march LIVE Updates: Students to march to Rashtrapati Bhawan; gates of Metro stations closed

Security beefed up around JNU. (Express Photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

JNU protest march LIVE Updates: JNU students Monday gathered on the university campus to march towards Rashtrapati Bhawan demanding an appointment to meet the President of India, who is also the visitor of the varsity. They will seek his intervention in the hostel fee hike issue.

Ahead of the march, security has been beefed up around the university. The exit and entry gates of three metro stations — Udyog Bhawan, Lok Kalyan Marg and Central Secretariat — have also been kept closed in view of various protests, including the JNU march and one over the Unnao case. Roads leading to the JNU have also been closed for the traffic, the traffic police said. Baba Gangnath Marg is closed for traffic due to the long march, they added.

The students have been protesting for over a month against the hike in the hostel fee and have given a call to boycott the upcoming semester exams despite repetitive warnings from the administration. The HRD Ministry had set up a three-member committee to look for ways to mediate between the protesting students and the varsity administration, and thereby restore normal functioning in the JNU.