Delhi: Police lathicharge students, use tear gas during anti-CAB protests

“Lady police personnel dragged me several times and I resisted it, Jamia student Aysha Renna who was in the forefront of today’s march told Maktoob. Photo: Shakeeb KPA/Maktoob

The Jamia Millia Islamia University turned into a battlefield on Friday after police brutally attacked students, who wanted to march to Parliament House to protest the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Hundreds of students were baton-charged by police personnel severely. Police also used tear gas to quell their march.

The parliament march against “anti-muslim and unconstitutional” Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens (NRC) was called by various students organizations including Students Islamic Organization of India (SIO), Muslim Students Federation (MSF), Campus Front of India (CFI), Fraternity Movement, Dayar i Shauq Students Charter Jamia, AMU Students Collective and a collective named as ‘Muslim Students of JNU’.

Police used tear gas that resulted in many students being injured. Photo: Shakeeb KPA/Maktoob

Police resorted to stone-pelting and students threw stones in response to the attack.

Maktoob received videos from students and the videos showed police caning the protestors.

“Lady police personnel dragged me several times and I resisted it, Jamia student Aysha Renna who was in the forefront of today’s march told Maktoob.

Police used tear gas that resulted in many students being injured. The students were admitted in Holy Family Hospital and Al Shifa Hospital, Delhi.

“We have not decided to stop our voice against this Islamophobic Bill,” said Jamia Millia Islamia student Ayisha Nourin, who got detained by Delhi police and released after five hours.

Fifty students from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi University and JNU were detained and released after five hours.

The parliament march against “anti-muslim and unconstitutional” Citizenship Amendment Bill and National Register of Citizens (NRC) was called by various students organizations. Photo: Shakeeb KPA/Maktoob

“The spectacle of violence I witnessed at Jamia today- with over 40 tear gas shells being fired, 200+ injured students and barricades that could not hold stronger than our spirits- makes me realize that this is even more pertinent than we think it is. The state is unleashing terror and horror to incapacitate us, and that is exactly what we will not let them do to us, ” Iqra Raza, who studies at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi wrote on Facebook.

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