Police brutality at JMI Live: Students call action ‘most bloody assault on us’

Police brutality broke out in South Delhi this evening as locals gathered to protest the ‘anti-Muslim’ Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Locals and students have confirmed to Maktoob that the police is using tear-gas shelling inside the campus and beating students.

Live updates:

Police brutality on Girls

“Girls are hiding in hostel toilets . Police put off the lights and molesting them,” a women student in Jamia Millia Islamia shared on Facebook.

Jamia VC condemns police action on students

Jamia VC Najma Akhtar condemned police brutality on Jamia students. “Students who were inside the varsity library have been taken out and are safe,” PTI quoted Akhtar as saying

Women students attacked by Police. Injured seriously

“Getting videos of students with eyes smashed, bleeding, lying on floor. This is the most bloody assault on a university. Reports of girls being injured seriously,” senior journalist Saba Naqvi tweeted.

JNU students’ body calls for emergency demonstration at 8.30 pm in front of Police Headquarters

JNU students’ union (JNUSU) has called for an emergency demonstration. “All students and citizens of Delhi are appealed to assemble at Delhi Police Headquarters, ITO at 9.00 PM tonight to ensure that the undeclared emergency in Jamia is lifted immediately. JNU students are appealed to mobilize immediately and assemble at Sabarmati Dhaba at 8.30 pm,” JNUSU said in a statement.

Police instigated violence

“Police instigated violence in a peaceful protest to blame protestors,” one of the protesters said.

Police and protesters engaged in a pitched battle in surroundings of South cops using tear gas and resorting to lathi-charges after three buses burnt.

“This is picture of Delhi Police. They are behind this violence. See how they are framing protesters and students of Jamia Millia Islamia. Beat false propaganda,” said a student.

Police violence against students inside the Jamia Campus

Waseem Ahmed Khan, Chief Proctor, Jamia Millia Islamia University confirmed that the police entered the campus. ‘Police have entered the campus by force, no permission was given. Our staff and students are being beaten up and forced to leave the campus,’ he said.

“The police is entering our library and beating up students. We the students trapped inside the library, with scores of policemen surrounding. We are scary,” a student told Maktoob.

Students have confirmed to Maktoob that the police is using tear-gas shelling inside the campus.

Police entered the mosque

The police entered the mosque near the Jamia campus and dragged students out of mosque.

A first-year student of Jamia told Indian Express that he was offering Namaz when the police entered the mosque and beat him up.

Journalists attacked

Maktoob’s journalist Shaheen Abdulla, was repeatedly attacked by police. He was taken to Holy Family hospital, Delhi.

“I came here for BBC’s coverage, they (police) took away my phone,broke it. A male police personnel pulled my hair. They hit me with a baton and when I asked them for my phone they hurled abuses at me, says Bushra Sheikh, a Journalist.

Metros closed

Metro operations – Jamia Millia Islamia University is on the city’s Magenta Line – were affected, with the entry and exit gates of Sukhdev Vihar Station, Jamia Millia Islamia, Okhla Vihar and Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh, as well as Gate No.3 of the Ashram Station, closed.

Najma Akhtar, the Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, has expressed concern over the safety and security of the students and asked those who left the campus to return.

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