New Delhi, December 10
The police dispersed a protest-march of Congress’ student outfit NSUI against the national education policy and accused the NDA Government of taking anti-student steps at Jantar Mantar area here today. Protesters also damaged a DTC bus. Activists of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) from various parts of the country, after a ‘Chatra Adhikar’ rally at Parliament Street, marched towards the Parliament House. They were stopped by the police near the YMCA on Jai Singh Road.
Protesters sat on the road and tried to block it when the police and paramilitary personnel chased them away.
NSUI leaders claimed four of their members were injured as police used force to disperse them. “Several of our members were beaten up. Scores of us are detained,” said Akshay Lakra, president of the student union’s Delhi unit.
But a senior Delhi police officer said no force was used to disperse the protesters.
Earlier, the NSUI activists staged a march from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar.
The NSUI leaders, addressing the gathering, cornered the National Democratic Alliance government on issues, like fee hikes, “saffronisation of campuses, privatisation of education and unemployment.” — PTI
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