• JNU Students Long March Faces Police Violence

    "Several students and media persons suffered injuries as the police initially used water cannons to stop their movement followed by a lathi charge"

    Newsclick Report

    March 23, 2018

     

    The Delhi Police on Friday ordered a lathi charge here on thousands of JNU students and teachers, who were marching towards Parliament protesting against removal of several department heads and a coordinator for not complying with the university’s new attendance rules. The other demand included immediate suspension and arrest of Prof Atul Johri who is accused of sexual harassment. Many of the students have been detained.

     

    Thousands of students and teachers from JNU march on in this scorching heat to fight for justice. Be it issues of Autonomy, Sexual harassment or compulsory attendance, the JNU community will come out strong against regressive forces!#JNULongMarch #StudentsLongMarch

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    Several students and media persons suffered injuries as the police initially used water cannons to stop their movement followed by a lathi charge.

    According to the students, the police were stopping them from marching towards Parliament as they were not "granted" permission for the protest programme.

     

    Heavy police presence, Water cannons deployed and barricades put to stop a peaceful protest by the students and teachers of JNU. Yet another attack by the government on dissenting voices. #JNULongMarch #StudentsLongMarch

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    "As per schedule, we organised a 'padyatra' (walk) to Parliament. But the police stopped us at INA. They told us that we have permission to protest only at INA and that moving towards Parliament without prior permission is illegal," a demonstrator said.

    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.

    Also, Nine women students have filed police complaints against Atul Johri, Professor at the School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), accusing him of sexual harassment, abuse of power and sexual misconduct. 

    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.

    The association also criticised the JNU administration over what it called selective inaction by the university against a professor accused of sexual harassment.

    Brinda Karat stands in solidarity with JNU students & teachers, marching for Justice. These peacefully marching students have been beaten up, attacked with water cannon & few are still detained.#StudentsLongMarch

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    Meanwhile various representatives from the political parties rushed to the spot and extended support the students. Manoj Jha from RJD, Ali Anwar from JD(U) and Brinda Karat from the CPI(M) addressed the gathering. 


     

    First published in Newsclick.

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