The protests against a new citizenship law are spreading across the country and the national capital was also singed. The epicentre was Jamia Milia Islamia University where three days of peaceful demonstration against the law, passed by Parliament last week, tunred tragically into chaos on Sunday afternoon.
The protesters enlightened four buses and two police vehicles as they clashed with cops in New Friends Colony, near the university, during a demonstration against the newly enacted law on Sunday.
Leaving nearly 60 people including students, cops and fire fighters got injured in this chaos. Police used batons and teargas shells to disperse the violent mob, but denied firing at them.
Seeing the situation, police came into action and entered the Jamia university campus, where tension increased as several people were detained for alleged involvement in the violence.
The students claimed that the police fired tear gas inside the university’s library and beat up protesters before sealing all campus gates.
In the violence and stone pelting, several policemen were injured, including southeast district DCP, Additional Deputy Commissioner of police (South), two Assistant Commissioner of Police, five Station House Officers, inspectors and other police personnel. Among them, Head Constable Maqsool Ahmad is admitted in ICU with severe head injuries.
Jamia Millia Islamia Chief Proctor Waseem Ahmed Khan claimed the Delhi Police entered the campus forcibly without permission and beat up staffers and students, who were forced to leave the campus. As many as 50 students were detained, but were released around 3.30am on Monday.
On Sunday night, hundreds had gathered outside the Delhi Police headquarters at ITO demanding the release of detained students.
The AMU is shut for the winter break, which has been extended by a week. It will now reopen on January 6, 2020.