Anti-CAB protests: Jamia Millia Islamia declares vacation till Jan 5

New Delhi: The Jamia Millia Islamia on Saturday declared vacation till January 5 and cancelled all exams in view of the tense situation in the university due to students’ protest against the amended citizenship act.

“All exams postponed. New dates to be announced in due course of time. Vacation declared from December 16 to January 5.

University will reopen on January 6, 2020,” a senior university official said.

Students, cops clash: The university turned into a virtual battlefield on Friday when students and policemen clashed with each other as students tried to march to Parliament in protest against the legislation.

Earlier in the day, the university administration had announced the postponement of the exam scheduled on Saturday.

The students had called for a university lockdown on Saturday and had planned to boycott the exams to protest against the amended citizenship act and also against Friday’s violence following clashes with police during their march.

“Jamia will also raise voice if anything wrong happens to our nation. We have to boycott the classes and exams. We will march again and again for our rights,” said 25-year-old Nihal Ashraf.

‘Police brutally attacked us’: Wajahat, 22, a student of BA Political Science, said, “On Friday, the Delhi Police brutally attacked us while we were marching and many students got injuries during the assault. They used batons and tear gas against students. We have boycotted the exams.”

‘This is not Israel or Syria’: “Everyone wants to live. This is not Israel or Syria. We should learn from Bangladesh that how they killed the extremism and opted for an economic democracy. The government is not focusing on the main issues,” said Pappu Yadav, another student.