Delhi/ Police enter Jamia Millia Islamia campus to nab ‘outsiders’ during protest against Citizenship Act

New Delhi: Soon after the violence in South Delhi during a protest against the amended Citizenship Act, police entered the Jamia Millia Islamia campus and blocked the university gates to nab some “outsiders” who had entered the premises to hide, sources said.  

Both the Jamia Millia students’ community, as well as the Teachers’ Association, have disassociated themselves with the violence and arson that took place near the university on Sunday afternoon.   

Three public buses and a fire tender were set afire by the “miscreants” during the violence and arson in New Friends’ Colony.  The students claimed that “certain” local elements had “disrupted” their protest and indulged in violence.

The sources said that as police tried to disperse the protesters by using baton change and firing teargas shells, some of the “outsiders” ran towards the campus and tried to hide there. The police personnel entered the campus and blocked the gates to nab these miscreants, they said. 

42 students detained, 25 injured: At least 42 students were detained and over 25 injured Sunday after Delhi Police fired tear gas shells and resorted to lathi-charge during a protest against the new citizenship law at Jamia Millia Islamia.

Police used excessive force, say students: However, students alleged police had “used excessive force during a peaceful march”.

“Forty-two students were detained, of which 10 are from DU. The protesters were asked not to hold the protest as they didn’t have permission. They pelted stones and police had to resort to mild lathi-charge,” DCP (South East) Chinmoy Biswal said.

Police claimed a dozen personnel received injuries. The nearby Holy Family Hospital confirmed that 30 people — three policemen and 27 students — were brought in for treatment, and 25 had been discharged by the evening. One of the students was referred to AIIMS for plastic surgery on his injured hand.