New Delhi, November 18: The entry and exit points of four major Delhi Metro stations were sealed on Tuesday evening on police orders. The four major train stops - Lok Kalyan, Udyog Bhawan, Patel Chowk and Central Secretariat - were made inaccessible to prevent the protesting Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students from mobilising for their march to the Parliament. JNU Protest: Section 144 Imposed Near Parliament Ahead of Students’ March Against Hostel Fee Hike.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) issued a statement on social media, informing commuters that the four above-mentioned Metro stations would remain inaccessible for the next few hours. The entry and exit points have been sealed on the direction received by the police department, the DMRC said.
"As advised by Delhi Police, trains are not halting at Udyog Bhawan and Patel Chowk. Exit/Entry Gates for Udyog Bhawan, Patel Chowk and Central Secretariat have been closed temporarily," the DMRC tweeted. The post was followed by an update which said the Lok Kalyan station has also been sealed.
DMRC Update on Yellow Line Train Status
Yellow Line Update
As advised by Delhi Police, trains are not halting at Udyog Bhawan and Patel Chowk. Exit/Entry Gates for Udyog Bhawan, Patel Chowk and Central Secretariat have been closed temporarily.
— Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (@OfficialDMRC) November 18, 2019
The JNU Students' Union, which has been protesting over the past few weeks to protest against the "300 percent fee hike" proposed by the Centre, had called a march today to the Parliament. The planned protest march coincided with the first day of the Winter Session.
Delhi Police swung into action since the early hours of the day and imposed Section 144 in several areas to prevent the mobilisation of students. Heavy security checks were planted at all routes leading to the Parliament House. The clampdown of services at four major Metro stations is also aimed at preventing the protesters to mobilise.