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Delhi protests: Jamia Millia students accuse police of …

Delhi protests: Jamia Millia students accuse police of …

Dubai: Protests in the capital took a violent turn on Sunday as public buses were burnt and civilians injured.

Late on Sunday, videos and photos emerged on social media channels showing alleged police brutality on students of Jamia Millia Islamia.

Police entered the campus in Delhi. Videos reportedly shot from inside the campus show tear gas explosions and vandalism of property, allegedly done by the Delhi police. The hashtag #JamiaMilia is trending on Twitter and tweeps have taken to posting videos and photos from the scene.

Campus entry

The chief proctor of Jamia Millia Islamia has accused the Delhi police of forcefully entering the university campus and beating up the students.

Waseem Ahmed Khan said on Sunday evening that police had entered the campus despite not being given permission to enter. He alleged that staff and students are being beaten and are even forced to vacate the campus.

Sunday’s protests turned violent as locals and university students clashed with the police and burnt a few buses.

Jamia students have claimed that they are not involved in the acts of violence.

Delhi police deny accusations

The Delhi Police denied reports of entering the Jamia Millia University campus in the wake of violent protests that left several injured and many vehicles destroyed.

Delhi Commissioner of Police, Southeast Chinmoy Biswal, said that protesters were merely pushed back and that the police had not resorted to any kind of firing.

He, however, added that when they noticed stones were being pelted at them from within the campus, the police tried to enter and identify the miscreants.

The Delhi Police on Sunday denied reports of entering the Jamia Millia University campus here in the wake of violent protests that left several injured and many vehicles destroyed.

Delhi Commissioner of Police, Southeast Chinmoy Biswal, also said that protesters were merely pushed back and that the police had not resorted to any kind of firing.

He, however, added that when they noticed stones were being pelted at them from within the campus, the police tried to enter and identify the miscreants.

Schools closed on Monday

All schools in south east Delhi will remain shut on Monday, Delhi deputy chief minister and education minister Manish Sisoda announced here on Sunday night.

According to Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, all government and private schools in Okhla, Jamia Nagar, New Friends Colony, Madanpur Khadar areas of south east Delhi district will remain closed on Monday.

Journalist attacked

A woman journalist alleged that police personnel broke her phone, hurled abuses and pulled her hair when she was covering a protest against the citizenship law outside Jamia Millia University here on Sunday night.

“I came here for BBC’s coverage. They (police persons) took away my phone and broke it. They hit me with a baton,” journalist Bushra Sheikh told ANI here.

She alleged that a policeman also pulled her hair.

“When I asked them for my phone they hurled abuses at me. I didn’t come here for fun. I came here for coverage,” she added.

A police person also sustained injuries as the protest turned violent outside the university.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Act grants rights to apply for citizenship to refugees of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Parsi and Christian communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh and who entered India on or before December 31, 2014. The act excludes Muslims in its coverage. 

Published at Sun, 15 Dec 2019 08:26:00 +0000

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