21 arrested after clashes at AMU over CAA

Aligarh: As many as 21 people have been arrested in connection with the clashes between Aligarh Muslim University students and police over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and orders issued to completely vacate all hostels of the university, officials said on Monday.

AMU Proctor Afifullah khan said no student will be allowed to remain in the hostels as strict orders have been issued to vacate all hostels completely.

Internet services suspended: UP Director General of Police O P Singh said Internet services in Aligarh, Saharanpur and Meerut have been suspended.

Protests broke out on Sunday night against the amended citizenship law, with hundreds of AMU students clashing with the police at a campus gate, leading to the university administration announcing the closure of the institution till January 5.

Patrolling was intensified in the city following Sunday’s incidents and an uneasy calm prevailed on the AMU campus.

Around 70 people, including students, 20 police personnel and AMU security guards, were injured in the clashes.

The clashes at AMU started after an agitation by Jamia Millia Islamia students in Delhi against the Citizenship Amendment Act turned violent and police used batons and tear gas to disperse them.

The situation is normal in the campus, the SSP said.

Students picked up, their whereabouts not known: A student, belonging to the Morrison Court hostel, whose brother was reportedly picked up from a hostel room around 11 pm, said, “A group of policemen forced their way inside the hostel after beating up the security guard, lobbed teargas shell by breaking the windowpane of room no 46. which was engulfed in smoke.”

“My brother and three others who were present had to flee and were then picked up by the police, thrashed and taken away,” he said and urged the university authorities to trace their whereabouts.

When contacted, the general warden of the hostel, Dr. Mohammad Talha confirmed the incident and said, “We have apprised the university administration of what took place in the hostel and our concern for the whereabouts of those who were picked up by the police.”

AMU Registrar Abdul Hameed said the university was in touch with the district authorities to trace the students reportedly picked up for questioning.

“We are hopeful of allaying the apprehensions of the students on this count,” he said.