Police resorted to lathicharge after a clash with protesting Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students on Monday, 9 December. The students were marching towards Rashtrapati Bhawan to meet the president, visitor of the varsity, to urge him to intervene to ensure that the hike in hostel fee is rolled back.
In view of the march, security was beefed up around JNU since morning.
Roads leading to JNU were shut for traffic and appeals made to students to protest peacefully, a police official said.
The students circulated photos, claiming police have closed all gates of the university before beginning the march. As they began, they shouted slogans like "Delhi Police go back" and "Education must be free for all".
Entry and exit points at Udyog Bhawan, Lok Kalyan Marg and Central Secretariat metro stations were closed by authorities fearing protests there.
Yellow Line Update— Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (@OfficialDMRC) December 9, 2019
As advised by Delhi Police, entry & exit at Udyog Bhawan, Lok Kalyan Marg and Central Secretariat have been closed. Trains are not halting at Udyog Bhawan and Lok Kalyan Marg.
While Delhi Congress members are protesting to express solidarity with the Unnao rape victim, JNU students are marching to the Rashtrapati Bhawan against the hostel fee hike.
The Delhi Traffic Police said Baba Gangnath Marg has also been closed for vehicular traffic.
Protest Going On For Over a Month
The students have been protesting for over a month against the hostel fee hike and have also called for boycott of upcoming semester exams, despite warnings from the administration.
The HRD Ministry had set up a three-member committee to look into ways to restore normal functioning in JNU and mediate between the agitating students and the administration. The panel has submitted its report to the ministry but no call has been taken yet.
(This story has been edited for clarity.)
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