Jamia violence: Police say that some anti-social elements ablaze DTC buses
The protest called by students of Jamia Millia Islamia University took a violent turn on Sunday evening with police restoring to lobbing tear gas shells to disperse them. Three buses and two bikes were set on fire in the university area followed by stone-pelting by a group. As per the reports, these stone pelters allegedly targeted residential buildings and even a hospital, and damaged several vehicles parked on the roads.
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Police resorted the lathi-charge to control the situation and also lobbed tear gas shells. Over 50 people including local residents and students sustained injuries in the process.
The police registered two cases of rioting and arson and detained over 50 Jamia Students along with residents of Jamia Nagar’s Haji Colony and Batla House at three police stations- Kalkaji, Jamia Nagar, Kalindi Kunj. The detained students were released on Monday morning.
A video of Jamia student lying down in a hospital bed and telling his story is going viral
A video from The Wire is doing rounds where a Jamia violence – injured said that he was attacked by police while he was reading in the library of the Jamia. He said that the police didn’t ask anything, they just started hitting and abusing everyone.
A student who was studying inside the library reading room describes how the police came into the room and started beating students indiscriminately.
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Jamia officials said that police entered the campus of Jamia without permission. There were rumors that some students have died in the violence, but the Jamia administration dismissed such rumours.
Mandeep Singh Randhawa, DCP Central, and Delhi Police spokesperson said that police didn’t open fire in the clash. This response came after a video started doing rounds online which shows a student with a gunshot. He said, “who fired the round is a matter of investigation.”
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has asked the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi to take stock of the situation. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced that all the schools in southeast Delhi will be closed in the wake of protest going violent.
Students say that they were peaceful in the protest but outsiders started Jamia Violence
Jamia Students claimed that they were peacefully holding the protest, and it was “hijacked” by local people of the area which started the Jamia Violence.
DCP Randhawa said that protest was peaceful till 3:30 pm and the police were cooperating but then some anti-social elements came and set vehicles on fire which turned things ugly. He added, “They threw stones on vehicles, buildings putting lives at risk. After then the police mobilized its resources to get the situation under control.” 10 companies were deployed in the affected areas and at all entry points.
Late night on Sunday, JNU students union, Jamia Delhi University students and activists associated with student movements gathered outside the Headquarters of Delhi Police in ITO to condemn the police action in Jamia Violence.
Students across the country have been protesting against the Citizenship Act. JNU Students, Jamia Students, AMU Students, Patna University Students, Jadavpur University Students, BHU students, IIT Bombay students, Maulana Azad University Students, Pondicherry University are some of them.
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