JNU student protests: Traffic hit; entry, exit gates at 4 major Delhi Metro stations shut

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Updated: November 18, 2019 5:58:53 PM

The Delh Metro Rail Corporation said it has closed Patel Chowk, Udyog Bhawan, Central Secretariat stations on the advice of Delhi Police till further notice.

JNU students have been protesting against the draft hostel manual. (PTI Photo)

JNU protests: The protest by students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), which has been continuing since last three weeks, spilled over Delhi roads on Monday. The national capital witnessed major traffic snarls as the protesting students tried to take out a march towards Parliament on the first day Winter Session of Parliament. Entry, exit gates at four major Metro stations in central Delhi had to be shut in the wake of the protest.

The Delh Metro Rail Corporation said it has closed Patel Chowk, Udyog Bhawan, Central Secretariat stations on the advice of Delhi Police till further notice. Trains are not halting at Lok Kalyan Marg and entry and exit gates have also been shut, DMRC said.

Traffic on Nelson Mandela Marg, Aurobindo Marg and Baba Gang Nath Marg was badly hit due to the protest.

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Earlier in the day, the police allowed JNU students to continue with their planned march to Parliament and had removed the barricades put up outside university’s gates. However, they later stopped from proceeding further.

The police had to use force to stop students from moving further ahead from Baba Ganganath Marg, close to the JNU’s main gate. Some of the students were also reportedly detained by the police.

Meanwhile, the JNU student protest also resonated in Lok Sabha on the first day of Winter Session when BSP MP Danish Ali raised the issue. The government should look into the demands of poor students and take appropriate action, Ali said during the Zero Hour. Ali also accused the BJP government of trying to corporatise and privatise the education system of the country.

JNU students have been protesting for nearly three weeks against the draft hostel manual, which has provisions for hostel fee hike, dress code and curfew timings.

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