Police file FIR against two JNU students over hostel fee hike protest

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As the JNU students continued their protest over a hostel fee hike, the Delhi Police lodged two FIRs on Tuesday, a senior police official said.

One FIR was registered at the Kishangarh police station, while another was lodged at the Lodhi Colony police station, he added.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Atul Kumar Thakur, a case under IPC sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) was registered at the Lodhi Colony police station regarding Monday’s incident at Aurobindo Marg.

IPC sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committ­ed in prosecution of common object), 151 (knowingly joining or continuing in assembly of five or more persons after it has been commanded to disperse), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and section 3 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act were also added to the FIR, Thakur said.

On the other hand, there was no immediate reaction from the JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU). Hundreds of JNU students protested in the national capital on Monday, bringing several parts of the city to a halt.

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The students have been protesting against the recent fee hike for over three weeks, but the Monday protest rocked the national capital.

During their clash with the police, the students alleged that they were baton-charged by the police. However, top police officials denied using force against the students.

According to the police, nearly 30 police personnel and 15 students were injured during the eight-hour protest. While about 100 protestors, including JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh, secretary Satish Chandra Yadav and former JNUSU president N Sai Balaji were detained by the police.

Before the protest began, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry set up a three-member committee to recommend ways to restore the normal functioning of the university and initiate a dialogue with the students and the administration.

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