JNU students’ union President Kanhaiya Kumar, along with 42 others, were on Friday detained by police at Bihar Bhawan in Chanakyapuri here for protesting against the alleged attack on students in hunger strike at the College of Arts and Crafts in Patna.
The demonstration started around 3.30 PM, following which Kumar and 42 others were put inside a bus and detained at Parliament Street Police Station here. “The protesters were detained considering law and order issues,” DCP (New Delhi) Jatin Narwal said.
The protesters also demanded extension of the date of Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) main exams so that the dates do not clash with that of UPSC prelims.
“The condition of education in Bihar is continuously deteriorating. The government is not taking the demands of students regarding quality education seriously. And those who are fighting for this significant and relevant cause are facing violence and imprisonment,” Kumar said.
He further said, “from the last few days, whenever there is a protest, Delhi Police detains us in five minutes. Throughout India, students are being attacked and whenever they protest, which is an elemental right, they are not allowed to do so. It is an attack on democracy”.
Earlier this week, seven students of College of Arts and Crafts under Patna University sustained injuries in an attack allegedly carried out by some miscreants while they were protesting against the conduct of the administration.
“The protesters were demanding that the corrupt principal of the college be sacked when they were shot at by the guards of the vice chancellor of the University. The goons and police trashed them, and when others went for protest against these actions, they were detained. We demand their immediate release,” Kumar said.
“We will keep the struggle alive and if needed we shall go to Patna,” he added.