Delhi Metro has closed entry and exit gates at the Udyog Bhawan, Patel Chowk and Central Secretariat stations in the city, after hundreds of students from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) took to the streets today to demand a full rollback of the recent hostel fee hike. In tweets posted on its official Twitter account, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said the decision to shut three key Yellow Line stations was advised by the police.
“As advised by Delhi Police, trains are not halting at Udyog Bhawan and Patel Chowk. Exit/Entry Gates for Udyog Bhawan, Patel Chowk and Central Secretariat have been closed temporarily… trains are (also) not halting at Lok Kalyan Marg and entry/exit gates of the station have also been closed temporarily,” the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said on its official Twitter account.
At least 50 JNU students were detained by Delhi Police this afternoon as they and hundreds of others marched on Parliament, chanting anti-fee hike slogans and carrying posters and placards. The students’ body said the march was a “way to appeal to lawmakers to fight on our behalf inside the floor of the house”.
In response authorities imposed prohibitory orders both outside the parliament building and around the JNU campus.
The students have been protesting a fee hike that was revealed in a recently released draft hostel manual. Last week, hundreds of students clashed with cops on the university’s convocation day. Policemen in riot gear, completely outnumbered by students, were seen jostling with the crowd.
The Education Ministry has formed a three-member panel this morning to recommend measures for restoration of normal functioning of the central university.
“With a view to restore the normal functioning of JNU through dialogue with all stakeholders and to advise the university administration for resolution of contentious issues, the government has appointed a three-member high power committee,” HRD Secretary R Subrahmanyam was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
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