On Tuesday, November 19, Rhythm Bharadwaj, Republic TV’s Legal Editor spoke to one of the protesting students on the JNU campus. Initially, he justified picking up lathis and guns in retaliation to the alleged police action. Claiming that the students were fighting for their rights, he opined that he could purchase an AK-47 rifle. Furthermore, he threatened to "kill the journalists one by one". Earlier, members of the JNU Students' Union heckled the crew of the Republic Media Network and stopped them from asking questions.
The JNU student said, “Even we can pick up lathis and guns. Yesterday, it was our turn. Today, it can be the turn of the media and police as well. Like we were attacked with the lathis, even you can be beaten up by lathis.” He added, “We do not fear anyone. Why won’t we do lathi-charge? Do you think we are animals? We are fighting for our rights.” Threatening violence, the student remarked, “I was beaten yesterday. A physically handicapped person was beaten yesterday. I am saying that can’t I purchase an AK-47? We will open fire using guns. We will kill the journalists one by one.”
The students of JNU have been protesting for the last few weeks about the new hostel manual which advocated a hike in hostel fees, dress code regulations, and curfew timings. The students refused to relent even after the JNU administration announced a partial rollback of some of the contentious provisions. While attempting to march towards the Parliament on Monday, around 100 protesting students were detained for showing ‘'aggressive defiance” to the directions of the police. In the evening, the police forcibly removed the JNU student protestors who had brought civic life and traffic to a standstill, with an ambulance being among the many vehicles forcibly held up.