JNU students start protest march, stopped by police


NEW DELHI: Demanding a complete rollback of the hostel fee hike, hundreds of JNU students started their protest march from the university campus towards the Parliament on Monday.

The students have been protesting for nearly three weeks against the draft hostel manual, which has provisions for hostel fee hike, dress code and curfew timings.
Students took out the march carrying banners which read "save public education", fees must fall" and "ensure affordable hostels for all".
In the wake of a protest march, heavy police deployment was made outside the university's campus.
According to the police report, ten companies have been deployed outside JNU. One company comprises 70 to 80 personnel.
Initially, the barricades outside JNU's gates were removed and the students were allowed to march. However, the march was later stopped by the police around 500 metres from the varsity's gates.
Earlier, the HRD Ministry appointed a three-member committee to recommend ways to restore normal functioning of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
The agitation comes on the first day of the Parliament's Winter Session, which will end on December 13.

With inputs from Agency
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