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Jamia Violence: 25 Broken CCTVs, Rs 2.66-Crore Damage Bill Sent To HRD

Jamia university has specified that the damage to public property worth was Rs 2.66 cr. which “occurred due to Delhi Police action on December 15, 2019.”

New Delhi| Jamia Millia Islamia suffered damage to public property worth Rs 2.66 crore during police action inside its premises on December 15 last year, according to an estimate submitted by the university to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).

The bill includes the damage to 25 CCTV cameras worth Rs 4.75 lakh.

Over the last few days, several video clips from Jamia’s CCTV footage have been released, which show uniformed personnel raining lathis on students as well as damaging property, including hitting CCTV cameras with lathis, in the university library.

Police have stated that some of the videos appear edited and they are still determining their authenticity.

According to the estimation by Jamia, public property worth Rs 2,66,16,390 was destroyed in the violence. The university has specified that the damage “occurred due to Delhi Police action on December 15, 2019”. While the university has said security personnel entered without permission, police maintain they were in hunt of “rioters” and entered the premises as a result.

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Following the violence, university authorities had told The Indian Express that property damage was around Rs 2.5 crore and that more detailed calculations would be done. Librarian Tariq Ashraf had then said, “Most of the damage in the library is due to breaking of glass panes. Some of the other things damaged are CCTV cameras and tube lights, etc. But thankfully no books or manuscripts were touched.”

The glass panes outside the library had been repaired, there has been no renovation inside. The damaged property has been left as it is, to help the investigation, University officials said, adding that no compensation had been received from any quarter till date.

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