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Dalit scholar’s suicide: JNUSU members start hunger strike from police station

28, Jan 2016
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By: Express News Service | Delhi | Updated: January 28, 2016 4:56 am
JNU students march to the HRD Ministry to protest over Rohith Vemula’s death. Renuka Puri
Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar along with others, started an indefinite hunger strike from within the Parliament Street police station Wednesday demanding justice for Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula.
They started the strike after being detained along with hundreds of students from various universities of Delhi who were marching to the Human Resource Development Ministry over Rohith’s suicide. The JNUSU members eventually left the police station around 10 pm. JNUSU vice-president Shehla Rashid Shora and three others also joined the indefinite hunger strike, taking the total number of people on the hunger strike to eight.
Three JNU students, including former JNUSU president V Lenin Kumar, are on their fourth day of hunger strike. The protesting students — under the banner of Joint Action Committee-Delhi — said they were picked up before they could reach MHRD. Some students also alleged lathicharge by the police.


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