Protest over CAA turns violent in Jamia, students-police clash

Out of 50 students, 35 were released from the Kalkaji police station and 15 from the New Friends Colony police station, a senior police officer said

New Delhi: Delhi Police has filed two cases against the students who took to the streets to agitation against the CAA. These cases are filed for arson and rioting and damaging public property. The situation is tense at the Jamia Milia Islamia University campus a day after hundreds of agitators took to roads in Delhi and across states to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

On Sunday the agitation took a violent as they torched DTC buses, two police vehicles and smashed dozen private cars. Over 60 people including students, cops, and firefighters were injured during the anti-CAA protests in Delhi.

Around 50 students who were detained during a protest at JMI on Sunday were released in the early hours of Monday. Meanwhile, videos of purported police firing, injured students in the university bathroom as well as footage of them bleeding emerged on the social media. But Delhi Police refused reports of any casualty during the clashes. Following the arson on street, police entered the Jamia university campus, where tension prevailed as several persons were detained for alleged involvement in the violence.

Out of 50 students, 35 were released from the Kalkaji police station and 15 from the New Friends Colony police station, a senior police officer said.

Earlier on Sunday night, the Delhi Minority Commission (DMC) issued a direction to the SHO of Kalkaji Police Station to release the “injured” students held there or take them for treatment at a reputed hospital without any delay. The DMC also directed the officer to file a complaint report by 3 pm on Monday

After the violence, police entered the university campus and blocked the gates to nab what they “outsiders” who had entered the premises to hide. Students who were staging agitation said that a mob from outside took over and indulged in violence. Several students alleged that the police fired tear gas inside the library.


The JMI university’s Vice-Chancellor Najma Akhtar stated to the news agency PTI, “Students who were inside libraries have been taken out and are safe. The police action is condemnable.”

The JMI has already declared winter vacation and postponed the semester examination after the December 13 incident. A huge number of students staying in hostels have already left and the Vice-Chancellor Najma Akhtar appealed to the students to maintain peace,”.

The Jamia Teachers’ Association (JTA) has condemned the violence. “JTA is not part of any such violence. JTA also appealed to students, to keep away from such direction-less agitation lead by local political leaders. JMI practices and preaches peace. JTA condemned violence near Jamia or anywhere in the country,” it said to media.

The controversial amendments to the Bill, that allows citizenship to persecuted people of six religious communities but not Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, provided they have resided in India for six years, were approved by both Houses of Parliament this week and approved into law by President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday.

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