Demanding an apology from Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani over her statement in the Parliament over Hyderabad scholar Rohith Vemula, the Youth Congress staged a massive protest today at the Jantar Mantar in the national capital.
Heavy security was deployed at the site of the protest as water cannons were used to disperse the demonstrators, who were chanting slogans against Smriti Irani.
The protesters were also detained by the police in droves.
The Opposition created a ruckus yesterday in the Lok Sabha over Smriti Irani’s speech and also moved a privilege motion against her.
Meanwhile, the Jawaharlal Nehru University students carried out a march demanding the release of students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others, who have been arrested on charges of sedition.
The students have been agitating on campus ever since Kanhaiya was arrested in a sedition case in connection with an event against the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
Later in the day, the Delhi High Court is likely to pronounce its order on Kanhaiya’s bail plea.
Justice Pratibha Rani had reserved the order on Monday after over three hours of hearing.
Kanhaiya, who is currently in Tihar Jail under judicial custody, was arrested on February 12 in connection with the case.