Visually challenged students of JNU protest outside Delhi police headquarters after facing lathi-charge

JNU Visually Challenged Students Forum condemned the 'police lathi charge' on visually challenged students during a protest over hostel fee hike.

Published: 20th November 2019 02:48 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th November 2019 02:48 PM   |  A+A-

JNU students and their leaders who got injuries in Monday's police lathicharge shout slogans during a press conference at the university campus in New Delhi Tuesday Nov 19 2019.

JNU students and their leaders who got injuries in Monday's police lathicharge shout slogans during a press conference at the university campus in New Delhi Tuesday Nov 19 2019. (Photo | PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Visually challenged students of Jawaharlal Nehru University on Wednesday protested outside the old police headquarters here against the alleged lathi charge by the force on varsity students protesting against hostel fee hike.

Rashmi Sharma, a differently-abled student, said, "We want a written apology from Delhi police on the lathi charge that they did on a visually challenged student."

"If the hostel fee hike is implemented, affordable and accessible education will be denied to us. A few days back, police were protesting after they were beaten up by lawyers. How could they forget that students also have a right to protest?" said Manish Chauhan, an MPhil student.

A forum of Jawaharlal Nehru University's visually challenged students earlier alleged they were not allowed to go to Jai Singh Road towards the new police headquarters to protest.

However, members of the JNU Visually Challenged Students Forum said, their bus was stopped and taken to Vasant Kunj police station.

Later, they said their bus was brought to the old police headquarters at ITO.

The forum had condemned the "police lathi charge" on visually challenged students during a protest on Monday over hostel fee hike by the JNU administration and had demanded an apology from the police.

Police had denied baton charging the students.

JNU students have been agitating against hostel fee hike for over three weeks.

The fresh protest by the students came on the day a meeting was underway between representatives of JNU Students Union and HRD Ministry appointed three-member committee to resolve the issue.

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