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Jamia students take out candle march on Vemula anniversary

Some students of Jamia Millia Islamia took out peaceful candle march on the campus today at about 4:30 pm in remembrance of Hyderabad University Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, who committed suicide over alleged caste based discrimination last year.

Besides, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student also attempted to march towards the HRD Ministry, but were detained by police.

“The march turned into chaos when police started beating us up and forcefully detained us. They even misbehaved with female students,” JNUSU President Mohit Pandey alleged.

“We want the government to enact Rohith Vemula Act to end caste based discrimination in campuses,” he added.

According to a senior police official, around 40 JNU students were detained from Tolstoy Road-Janpath crossing today and brought to Parliament Street police station.

“They were going to protest without obtaining prior permission. We didn’t detain female students but
only the male students were detained, however, around 150 students had themselves come to the station.”

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