JNU students to march to Parliament to seek Kanhaiya Kumar's release

New Delhi: Stepping up their agitation against arrest of JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar and two others in a sedition case, the students will march to Parliament tomorrow demanding the release of those jailed in the case.

"We are going to hold a solidarity march to Parliament tomorrow to protest the stifling of dissent in JNU, Hyderabad university and elsewhere through sedition charges," JNUSU Vice President Shehla Rashid Shora.

The protest march which will be joined by academicians and students from various universities across Delhi, will begin from Mandi House area at 2 PM on Wednesday.

"We want to take up our issues with the PMO, MHRD and the Home Minister. We will also be approaching the NHRC and the Minority Commission to register our concerns at the functioning of the Delhi Police and the continuing threats of physical violence against Kanhaiya, Umar and Anirban," she added.

Protests at JNU. Tarique Anwar/Firstpost

Protests at JNU. Tarique Anwar/Firstpost

The students have been agitating on campus ever since Kanhaiya was arrested in a sedition case in connection with an event against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

Following Kanhaiya's arrest- five students who were being searched by police in the case- Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Ashutosh Kumar, Anant Prakash and Rama Naga- had gone into hiding fearing "mob-lynching".

They resurfaced back on campus 10 days later. While Umar and Anirban surrendered before the police, the remaining three refused to do so but maintained that they are open to questioning by police as and when needed.

"Our major demands include release of the three students, revoking sedition charges and the varsity suspension order," Shehla said.

The students are also demanding resignation of HRD Minister Smriti Irani allegeing that she "misused powers" and "peddled lies" regarding the row at JNU and Hyderabad University where a dalit scholar -Rohith Vemula- was found hanging in a hostel room.

"We want the government to enact a 'Rohith Act' to end caste based discrimination in universities and educational institutions," she added.


Updated Date: Mar 01, 2016 19:08 PM

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