New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear petitions filed on behalf of students of Jamia Millia Islamia University over police action against them on Sunday during which many students were injured as police barged into the Jamia campus and resorted to lathicharge and firing teargas shells. The Supreme Court however made it clear that one does not get a right to riot just because one is a student.
The students of Jamia Millia Islamia have united the students across the country against the brutality of Delhi Police. Demonstrations of students continued outside the Delhi Police headquarters till late Sunday night. The protest ended after the detained students were released. Last Sunday, Jamia students were opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act. In the evening, DTC buses were set on fire near Sarai Julaina, adjacent to Jamia Nagar. After which the ruckus intensified. Police lathi-charged the students after stone pelting, injuring many of the students.
The situation in Jamia Millia Islamia remained tense on Monday morning and many students decided to leave for their homes.Many students feel they are not safe even inside the campus. The varsity had declared winter vacation from Saturday till January 5 and even postponed the exams.Beside this a group of Jamia Millia students stood shirtless in the bone-chilling cold outside the university gates in the morning to protest against the police action against their colleagues. Slogans of “inquilab zindabad” rent the air as the group of around 10 students, accompanied by their fellow colleagues, took out a small march. “Our colleagues have been beaten up badly. The policemen entered bathrooms, libraries and beat up girls. Our protest is against the goons called Delhi Police.”
Jamia Millia Islamia Chief Proctor Waseem Ahmed Khan claimed that the Delhi Police entered the campus forcibly without any permission and beat up staff members and students who were forced to leave the campus. On Sunday, clashes and violence during police action against students was also reported in the Aligarh Muslim University.
Jawaharlal Nehru University, Banaras Hindu University, Jadavpur University, Aligarh Muslim University, Darul Uloom Nadwatul University, Maulana Azad University of Hyderabad, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and many other university students voiced their protest against vandalism on Jamia students.
In such a situation, the students of TISS have now decided that they will boycott all the classes on Monday and take out a sympathy march for the students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University. In Patna too, students of many colleges have spoken of protests on Monday. Student organizations across the country say that lathi-charge of the police entering Jamia is not only a cruel attack on students but also on democracy.