Published: 18th November 2019
Delhi police lathicharge JNU students after dark to disperse them from Jor Bagh Metro
The JNUSU alleged in a tweet that the police switched off the street lights and “rampantly assaulted JNU students to disperse them”
The Delhi Police allegedly lathicharged the students protesting outside the Jawaharlal Nehru University, near the Jor Bagh Metro Station. Over two thousand students were there at the time and a blind student was injured in the process. The incident took place a little after 7.30 pm.
Apeksha Priyadarshini, Member of the student organisation BASO said the lathicharge took place around 7.30 pm at Jor Bagh where the march had stopped and the students were waiting to get back to the campus. “They chased us down the entire road and abused some of the students as well. They're still following us. They also beat up a blind student, we are going to meet him now,” she added.
This comes right after the police said that they wanted to mediate a dialogue with the students regarding the lathicharge allegations earlier while the protestors were marching to the Parliament.
The JNUSU alleged in a tweet that the police switched off the street lights and “rampantly assaulted JNU students to disperse them.” They also alleged that male policemen groped and harassed female students under the cover of darkness. “Students pushed to the ground, hit indiscriminately, all for protesting rising costs of education, and demanding affordable education,” said one of the tweets.
The students rocked the national capital with a march to the Parliament that ended in chaos — as their leaders were detained and carted away by the police. This happened despite the police declaring Section 144 around the campus and shutting the gates of the varsity by barricading the entrances with swathes of police personnel on Monday morning.