Over one thousand students led by members of JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) and JNUSU marched on campus last evening demanding the release of JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, chanting #SAVEJNU. Teachers and students got together at the administrative building raising voices against the police for suppressing democratic dissent, conducting a ‘witch-hunt’ on campus and aggravating the situation. The march culminated at North Gate where policemen with lathis were seen standing outside. A representative from JNUTA stated “there is a threat to the democratic ethos of our university and teachers of JNU condemn this massive police presence and attempts to escalate tensions.”
At 09:30pm, Common Students’ Forums, #JNUNationalism and#PatriotsofJNU along with ABVP organised a march expressing outrage against #ShutDownJNU from Ganga Dhaba to Chandrabhaga. ABVP’s pamphlet asked the left parties to refrain from accusing them of labeling JNU as anti-national while endorsing anti-constitutional events themselves. It urged students to join the march and establish that the entire JNU community is not anti-India. “This is just the beginning. Severe action should be taken against all those involved on the basis of video evidences recorded,” said Chandrika, a student at the March.
Earlier in the afternoon, Member of Parliament, D. Raja addressed gathered students at the same venue wherein he accentuated that “the Constitution of India gives us the right to stand up and question the elected government of its wrongdoings- don’t get intimidated, be courageous and fight for what is right.”
When The Informer asked Joint Secretary of ABVP, Abhijeet of his opinion about the recent developments on campus, he said, “All competent authorities that include the administration and police should take every required step to curb such activities”.
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