Citizenship bill protest: Cops use tear gas, lathicharge Jamia students

Citizenship bill protest: Cops use tear gas, lathicharge Jamia students

Students from Jamia, Ambedkar University and others joined the protest called by the JNU Students' Union.

The Delhi Police on Friday used tear gas and lathicharge to break up a protest called by students of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) protest against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill on Friday. But Jamia students have denied their involvement categorically. The protests were not being led by any one student organisation, but by several small student bodies. Students alleged that they were locked up in the library and had difficulty breathing as police fired several tear gas shells. "Our staff and students are being beaten up and forced to leave the campus", said Waseem Ahmed Khan, a top official of Jamia Millia Islamia University. Police have sealed all gates to the campus.

Escorted by police, youths could be seen coming out of their hostels with their hands raised.

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Registrar, Abdul Hamid: The situation in the campus is tensed, some boys and anti-socials elements came and pelted stones, so we have requested police to take action to control the situation.

All gates of Vasant Vihar, Munirka, RK Puram, Sukhdev Vihar, Jamia Millia Islamia, Okhla Vihar, Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh, Patel Chowk, Vishwavidyalaya, GTB Nagar and Shivaji Stadium, were closed.

Meanwhile, in Guwahati, Assam, two more persons succumbed to gunshot wounds, taking the toll in police firing during violent protests against the citizenship law to four, officials said on Sunday.

Almost 60 people, including students, policemen and firemen were injured as violence erupted during a protest by Jamia students against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act. According to the police, the scenario had turned ugly around 4.25pm after a DTC bus was set on fire on the Mathura road. "It is a false rumour that is being spread", Chinmoy Biswal, DCP South East, said. Around 6 policemen have been injured in the stone-pelting. "We appeal to everyone to share this message", the statement added.

"Our only interest is to push the mob back, so law and order can be restored in the area". A clash erupted outside the Kalkaji police station after lawyers and teachers tried to gain entry to meet the protestors. Gauhati Medical College and Hospital Superintendent Ramen Talukdar said that one person died on Saturday night and another person lost his life on Sunday morning. Jamia Vice Chancellor Najma Akhtar told reporters the students were not involved in the violence. "We have time and again maintained that our protests are peaceful and non-violent".

Sunil Choudhary, deputy chief fire officer said four buses had been torched in South Delhi area and two firefighters injured. "Our staff and students are being beaten up and forced to leave the campus". "Media personal are a witness to these events", the student community of Jamia Milia Islamia said in a statement. "Violence by certain elements was an attempt to vilify and discredit genuine protests". Any kind of violence is unacceptable.

The Citizenship Act aims to provide for Indian citizenship to the Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India instead of the current mandatory stay of 11 years even if they do not possess any document.

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