DU students protest hike in Metro fare at Viswavidyalaya station
The students belonging to the All India Students’ Association (AISA), Students’ Federation of India (SFI) and other organisations blocked the entrance of one of the gates of the Metro station as part of their ‘Occupy Vishwavidyalala’ protestdelhi Updated: Jan 18, 2018 22:35 IST
A group of Delhi University students belonging to different students’ organisations protested at the Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station demanding a rollback of fare hike, leading to restriction of entry of commuters at one of the gates for over an hour.
The students belonging to the All India Students’ Association (AISA), Students’ Federation of India (SFI) and other organisations blocked the entrance of one of the gates of the Metro station as part of their ‘Occupy Vishwavidyalala’ protest.
A Metro official said services were not interrupted but they had to briefly regulate the entry and exit of commuters from one of the gates.
“In a country where 85% of the students in universities come from socially weaker backgrounds, this fare hike will force many to opt out of higher education and it is direct attack on the right to education for all,” said Kawalpreet Kaur from AISA.
Later, the students formed a human chain blocking traffic on Mall Road for a few minutes. The students submitted a memorandum, addressed to the Prime Minister’s Office and Delhi’s chief minister, to a Metro official who assured that it will be forwarded to senior officials.
“We have given DMRC a week to roll back the fare hike. Otherwise, we will protest outside the chief minister’s residence,” said Kaur.
The protestors also demanded that the DU students should be provided with passes for concessional rates on the Metro
Deputy commissioner of police (north) Jatin Narwal said that no police action was warranted despite them having made additional deployment. “The students tried to block the road next to the Metro station for a few minutes, but we resolved the matter amicably after talking to them,” said Narwal.
He said that after raising slogans for around an hour and then submitting a memorandum to the Metro officials, the students left and did not need to be removed by the police.