JNU students detained during march towards Rashtrapati Bhawan

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The JNUSU and JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) have been demanding the resignation of vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar | Photo: Twitter/ANI

Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), who were marching towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday (January 9) in protest against Sunday’s campus violence, were stopped by the police near Ambedkar Bhawan and later detained.

The police resorted to baton charge to control the mob who tried to block the traffic at Janpath. Using loud speakers, the police also appealed to the crowd to maintain peace. Meanwhile, precautionary deployment of security personnel was carried out near North-South blocks keeping in view of the students’ march.

Before the students tried to proceed towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan, a delegation of JNUSU and JNUTA also met Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry officials and demanded removal of Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar from his post.

JNU on January 5 witnessed widespread violence allegedly unleashed by ABVP goons. During the mayhem, faculty members and several students, including JNU Students Union president Aishe Ghosh, were attacked with iron rods and sledgehammers.

The JNUSU and JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) have been demanding the resignation of vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar, holding him responsible for the incident. Ghosh on Thursday said the students and faculty will not relent till the vice-chancellor is sacked.

After meeting HRD officials, Ghosh said they appealed to the HRD ministry to remove the VC, which in turn said a dialogue will be held on Friday. “We will not compromise with HRD ministry over the removal of the VC. It is still thinking whether the VC should be removed,” she said.

(With inputs from agencies)

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