Kerala Floods: Detained JNU Students Collect Fund From Police Station
August 21, 2018
As all sections of the society try to rebuild flood-hit Kerala, the students from Jawaharlal Nehru University have also joined hand-in-hand with the relief efforts. The students, as per the call of JNU students’ union, had participated in a protest march to the Ministry of Home Affairs on last Saturday, demanding more fund allocation for the state. However, the students were detained and taken to the Parliament Street police station before reaching the destination. Surprisingly, the students who were detained during the protest collected an amount of Rs.1321 from the police station for the relief fund.
“We, the students, were detained during the protest and were taken to the Parliament Street police station. As we all gathered there, we asked the police officers to contribute to the flood relief fund. Soon after, the women force of the Delhi Police started to contribute,” told Sreelakshmi, one of the students who had been detained inside the police station.
“Following that, the CRPF and other police officers who were present over there also contributed to the flood relief fund,” she added.
The student community from JNU, so far, has collected more than Rs. 4,00,000 and other necessary relief materials including instant food, clothing and medicines. The collected fund will be transferred to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF), Kerala.
On the other hand, helping hands have been pouring in from all across the country and globe to rebuild the state that battles the worst rains followed by a deluge, in nearly a century. Apart from the individual and organisational support, other Indian states have also extended their helping hands in the form of money, drinking water, food grains, medicines and help in the rescue operations among others.
In the latest development, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has extended Rs. 700 crore as financial assistance for the state, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a press conference on Tuesday. Earlier, Qatar had come up with a financial aid of Rs 34.89 crore.
First published in Newsclick.
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