Updated: Thu, 09 Jan 2020 07:00 PM IST
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Delhi Police on Thursday resorted to lathi-charge and detained the protesting students of Jawaharlal Nehru University who were marching towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan against the violence in the varsity campus and removal of JNU Vice-Chancellor.
A video posted by news agency ANI from the spot showed the students in large numbers before the police stopped them and put barricades to stop their march. A scuffle was also broke out between the police students who tried to breach the barricades. The police have also detained some of the students and packed them off in buses.
#WATCH Delhi Police remove women protesters while they were marching towards Rashtrapati Bhavan. Students are demanding removal of the Jawaharlal Nehru University's Vice Chancellor following Jan 5 violence in the campus. pic.twitter.com/HzT2AjkZF5— ANI (@ANI) January 9, 2020
A student was also injured during the scuffle between the students and the police.
Delhi: A protester injured during march towards Rashtrapati Bhavan demanding removal of the Jawaharlal Nehru University's Vice Chancellor following Jan 5 violence in the campus pic.twitter.com/wdoq71M4Nv— ANI (@ANI) January 9, 2020
Students, teachers and civil society groups had started the march this afternoon from Mandi House. They had planned to go to the offices of the HRD ministry and submit a memorandum regarding Sunday's mob attack and their demand the resignation of the university's vice-chancellor.
Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University students hold protest at Mandi House demanding removal of the university's Vice Chancellor, following Jan 5 violence. pic.twitter.com/8AjxbkOtT6— ANI (@ANI) January 9, 2020
Later, the protesting students led by JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh decided to march towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan and meet the President. The march was also attended by the senior Left leaders including Sitaram Yechury.
As a precaution, police have deployed security personnel in the North-South blocks of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Delhi: Precautionary deployment of security personnel being done near North-South blocks, as JNU students march towards Rahastrapati Bhawan demanding removal of the Jawaharlal Nehru University's Vice Chancellor following Jan 5 violence in the campus. pic.twitter.com/RUSTl2bX0X— ANI (@ANI) January 9, 2020
Students and teachers of the varsity have been demanding for the removal of JNU VC, Jagadesh Kumar, claiming his complicity in the attack that took place on Sunday. The students even met with officials of the Ministry of Human Resource Development over the demand.
The Ministry, however, declined the demand as Secretary Amit Khare said, "JNU VC's removal is not a solution."
"We're in no position to compromise with the HRD ministry. It's still thinking whether VC should be removed," said JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh following the meeting. The HRD Ministry, in turn, told the students that a dialogue will be held on the matter on Friday.
The JNU Teachers' Association (JNUTA) earlier wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind holding Kumar responsible for the "orgy of violence".
"The JNU with a full sense of responsibility accuses the JNU administration headed by the Vice-Chancellor of being responsible for the orgy of violence in JNU," the letter said.
(With Agencies Inputs)