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JNU erupts over fee hike, students clash with police

The JNU is holding its third convocation on Monday, which is being addressed by Vice President Naidu

Monday November 11, 2019 5:20 PM, IANS

JNU Protest

[The students, organised by the JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) were protesting the latest order of the JNU administration, hiking the hostel, mess and security fees reportedly by 400 per cent. (Photo tweeted by @banojyotsna)]

New Delhi: JNU students led by the Jawaharlal Nehru Students' Union (JNUSU) on Monday staged a protest outside the varsity campus over a reported fee hike and the hostel draft manual, even as Vice President N. Venkaiah Naidu was addressing a convocation ceremony.

The protesting students alleged that the varsity administration had put barricades at its entry gate and also deployed CRPF personnel.

Sharing photographs of the blocked entry gates, former JNUSU President, N. Sai Balaji wrote, "Barricades at Ambience Mall gate and CRPF deployed."

The JNU is holding its third convocation on Monday, which is being addressed by Vice President Naidu along with Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank'.

However the students' union has called for a boycott of the convocation and demanded the roll back of the hostel draft manual and fee hike proposed by the administration.

JNU Protest

[The police and central paramilitary forces, who were deployed in strength, used water cannons to disperse the students but they remained steadfast for hours. (Photo tweeted by @banojyotsna)]

While Vice President Naidu has left the campus soon after the protest, Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal who reached JNU at around 11 a.m. was escorted out of the campus at about 4 p.m. after hours of confinement, when top police officials, including Special Commissioner R.S. Krishnia entered the premises.

Earlier, the police and central paramilitary forces, who were deployed in strength, used water cannons to disperse the students but they remained steadfast for hours.

The students, organised by the JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) were protesting the latest order of the JNU administration, hiking the hostel, mess and security fees reportedly by 400 per cent. The administration has also limited the hostel timings.

Meanwhile, the HRD ministry said the all the Deans of the university have met the students and assured them on behalf of the Vice Chancellor that their concerns will be discussed on November 15 at a meeting that would be attended by the hostel authorities and presidents. "Discussions cannot happen on the street," a senior official said.

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