Anti-Citizenship Act protest in Delhi: Campus protest fans, JNU students on streets against Poilce action in Jamia2 min read . Updated: 15 Dec 2019, 10:20 PM IST
- Police blocked the entry and exit gates of the university, fired tear gas shells, latchi-charged protestors
- This is the third consecutive day that Delhi witnessed protest
NEW DELHI : Campus protest against the Citizenship Act intensified further in Delhi after Poilce batton charged students inside Jamia Milia Islamia university on Sunday, a day that observed street violence and arson by protestors in parts of the capital city.
Late on Sunday evening, hundreds of students from the Jawaharlal Nehru University reached Delhi Police Headquarters ro protest poilice high handedness.
JNU stydent unions called for the protest and asked students to hit the street against "undeclared emergency". in Jamia and urged police and government to help students.
"Emergency Protest Demo for JMI. All students & citizens of Delhi are appealed to assemble at Delhi Police Headquarters, ITO...to ensure that the undeclared emergency in JMI is lifted," JNU student union said.
A Jamia proctor told news agency ANI that Delhi Police entered their campus without permission and took violent acation againt them. In general practice, Police cannot enter an educational institution without getting permission of institution administration.
Following JNU students protest outside its head office, Delhi Police has now closed metro train stations at IIT, Pragati Maidan and ITO to stop movement of protesting students.
Delhi Police meanwhile told media that there is no casualty in Jamia due to its action against protestors and students. Police asked public not to spread rumours. Few videos on social media showed that a couple of students were lying unconscious inside a washroom in Jamia after police baton charged them.
Meanwhile, at Aligarh Muslim University students and police clashed over anti Citizenship Act protest innte evening.
Earlier in the evening, protest against the newly amended Act got violent in the evening in the national capital with protestors torching buses and a fire tender in South Delhi. The protest inside and outside the Jamial Milia Islamia University intensified as Police entered the university to take control of the situation.
Police blocked the entry and exit gates of the university, fired tear gas shells, latchi-charged protestors including students and rounded scores of them. A viral video showing police action in the reading hall of the university and protestors vandalism drew eyeballs in the social media.
A Jamia student said that police entered the reading halls and campus mosque inside the varsity following which a scuffle broke out between students and police. "Dozens of students were injured in police action, and police asked students to move out quickly with keeping their hands up," said a student of the University.
This is the third consecutive day that Delhi witnessed protest against the newly amended act with Jamial Milia Islamia and adjoining localities like Mathura road, Hazi Colony, Jamia Nagar and Okhla being the epicenter of the protest. Earlier in the day, protestors resorted to arson and pelted stone and burned at least three Delhi transport buses.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation said in the evening that the Delhi police advised them to close the entry and exit gates of Sukhdev Vihar and Ashram have been closed and asked metro trains not to stop on those stations.
Soon after four more metro stations in and around Jamia Milia University was closed for public as was parts of road network in South Delhi to restrict protestors' movement. Police is conducting a march and patrolling the university vicinity to check further spread of the protest.