Authorities tightened security and closed the entry and exit gates at three metro stations in New Delhi ahead of a planned march called by students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The entry and exit points at the Udyog Bhawan, Lok Kalyan Marg and Central Secretariat Metro stations were closed as JNU students’ planned a march from the JNU campus to Rashtrapati Bhawan. "As advised by Delhi Police, entry & exit at Udyog Bhawan, Lok Kalyan Marg and Central Secretariat have been closed. Trains are not halting at Udyog Bhawan and Lok Kalyan Marg," the DMRC tweeted.
A march from JNU to President's house was called by the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) after their month long protest failed to bear fruits as the administration rejected their demand of complete rollback of proposed hike in hostel charges.
The JNUSU has though emailed a letter of their demands to the President. In the letter, the students have demanded complete rollback of proposed fee hike, resignation of the Vice-Chancellor, withdrawal of police cases on the agitating students.
Earlier in the day, the Delhi police along with other security forces sealed all gates of the varsity which could have been used by students to march to the President's house to present their demands.
Heavy deployment of forces was seen outside the varsity gates as water cannons, forces with lathi and tear gases guarded the roads outside.
The students, who have been protesting for more than a month now, have also called for a boycott of the upcoming semester exams from December 12.
-With Agency inputs