JNU activists, communist politicians target Rashtrapati Bhavan

Sitaram Yechury, Prakash Karat, Brinda Karat, D Raja and Sharad Yadav accompanied JNU students in the march but were detained on the way

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JNU activists, communist politicians target Rashtrapati Bhavan

Protesting against the incidents of violence in JNU, students of its leftist unions marched towards Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday evening but the police stopped them on their way. A scuffle broke out between the two sides and the police lathi-charged the crowd.

The protesters were marching towards Rashtrapati Bhavan demanding the removal of VC M Jagadesh Kumar. Police detained the students at a place near Ambedkar Bhavan.

Meanwhile, the meeting between HRD ministry officials and a JNU delegation has ended. After the meeting, JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh said unless Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar was removed, there will be no further talks. “If the ministry wants to talk, they must come to the university campus,” she said.

The JNU students union has questioned the functioning of the police. JNUSU posted on Twitter, “It is past 6 PM. Can the Delhi Police explain why some women protesters were reportedly picked up after sunset without female officers present?”

The JNU union’s claim turned out to be false. A video of ANI showed women policemen were present on the spot.

Students mostly from the humanities stream from dozen-odd universities and other institutions from across the country are demonstrating to protest against the attack on JNU and its students on 5 January. Today, some communist and socialist politicians took out a march in Delhi along with students. They marched from Mandi House towards the HRD ministry but were stopped near Shastri Bhavan.

Section 144 was imposed in the area. CPM leaders Sitaram Yechury, Prakash Karat, Brinda Karat, CPI general secretary D Raja and Loktantrik Janata Dal chief Sharad Yadav participated in the demonstration.

The protesters took out processions from Mandi House with placards in their hands. The placards bore slogans like “No CAA”, “no NRC”, “Ban ABVP on university campus”, “Abandon violence”, “Education not for sale”. In the midst of this protest, the police took the representatives of JNU students, activists and politicians to meet HRD officials. The meeting has now ended.

Brinda Karat, who was part of the procession from Mandi House, targeted the BJP, saying, “People have started raising voices and they do not want to accept this. They are fabricating fake stories that the protest has nothing to do with the students but it is political.”

Yechury said, “Masked men beat up university students for three hours. When they entered the premises, the police was present at the main gate.”