Hundreds of marchers, including students and members of civil society organizations, took to the streets on Thursday to protest the recent violence in JNU and demand the varsity vice-chancellor’s resignation.
A march from Mandi House to the HRD Ministry started by demonstrators bearing panels and banners. They shouted slogans for stern action against those who were involved in the January 5 violence on the campus that wounded some 35 people.
The members of the CPI(M) also joined the march, including Sitaram Yechury, D Raja, Prakash Karat and Brinda Karat. The protestors also included LJD leader Sharad Yadav.
Mr. Yechury, secretary-general of the CPI(M), said, “For three hours, maskers beat varsity students and went into the campus where the police were at the main gate.”
In claiming the incident could not have happened without the vice-chancellor’s knowledge, he said, “The VC has to go.”
A gang of masked men stormed the campus and attacked students in 3 hostels on Sunday, unleashing the chaos by knuckling the inside and breaking windows, furniture, and personal belongings with sticks, stones, and iron rods.
The JNU Students Union demanded a rollback of the hostel and an increase in the price of mess and boycotted the registration for the following semester.