Delhi Police’s crackdown on Jamia Millia Islamia students illegal and inhuman: Shiv Sena

New Delhi: The Shiv Sena on Wednesday dubbed the Delhi Police’s crackdown on students of the Jamia Millia Islamia as “illegal and inhuman”, and wondered if in such a scenario the Bharatiya Janata Party has the right to raise its voice against the anti-Sikh riots.

An editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana said when the situation comes to a point where “you have to fire gunshots on students of our own country,” it should be understood that things have gone “out of control”.

It also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for blaming Pakistan for protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in India.

The Sena’s comments came a day after Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray likened the police crackdown on Jamia Millia Islamia students to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 1919.

The Delhi-based university virtually turned into a battlefield on Sunday when police entered the campus and used force, after protests against the amended citizenship law.

“The police action against the protesting students in Delhi was inhuman and illegal. The Britishers didn’t do anything different at the Jallianwala Bagh,” an editorial in Saamana said on Wednesday.

Does the BJP have a moral right to speak on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots? it asked.

The BJP, which is shedding “crocodile tears” over the demand of Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian honour, for Hindutva icon and freedom fighter V D Savarkar, should first explain why there is unrest in the country over the amended Citizenship Act, the Sena said.

Mocking the BJP over its demand for implementation of the new citizenship law in Maharashtra, the Sena said this is nothing but “mental stress” of losing power in the state.

“There are more important issues being faced by people and we are committed to resolving them,” the Sena said.

Jamia teachers take out peace march: Members of the Jamia Teachers’ Association organized a peace march to express gratitude towards all educational institutions that have backed JMI students in their protest against the new nationality law. Around 200 teachers carried placards reading “I stand with Jamia”, “I am against CAA” and messages expressing gratitude to all supporting universities. The marchers also carried a large map of India showing sites of campus protests across the country.