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Students protest against metro fare hike


Press Trust of India New Delhi
A group of Delhi University students were detained when they were marching towards Rashtrapati Bhavan today to press for rollback of metro fare hike.

The protesting students, who were bundled up in a bus by police, snapped the wires of the vehicle's doors and forced it to stop before staging another demonstration on the road.

Delhi University's All India Students Association(AISA) had called for a protest march today from Central Secretariat Metro Station to Rashtrapati Bhavan at 1.30 pm demanding rollback of metro fare hike along with a slew of others.

Delhi Police, however, detained over 40 students and took them in a bus from Gate 3 of Central Secretariat Metro Station.

The students cut the wires of automatic doors and forcibly stopped the bus near Chelmsford Club. They got down from it and continued their protest demanding rollback of metro fare hike, a demand they have been raising for over two months now.

AISA Delhi vice-president Madhurima Kundu alleged molestation by an official of Delhi Police, which has denied the charge.

"When we were taken into the bus, women police carried me by legs," Kundu said, and alleged that a male cop touched her inappropriately.

She said she can recognise the person and would lodge a complaint against him.

AISA had earlier laid seige to Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station, protested near MHRD and met various officials and leaders including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal raising their demand.

AISA members said some of them were taken to Mandir Marg and others to Parliament Street police stations.

The last hike in metro fares was in October 2017. The metro had daily ridership of over 25 lakh.

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First Published: Feb 27 2018 | 6:40 PM IST

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