Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Jamia students detained ahead of documentary screening still in custody, allege police misbehavior

The Delhi Police on Wednesday detained several students of the Jamia Millia Islamia university after the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) planned to screen the BBC documentary on Narendra Modi and the 2002 Gujarat genocide on campus.

“The detained Jamia Millia Islamia students are kept in Fatehpur Beri police station,” tweeted Shamseer Ibrahim, Fraternity Movement national president.

“The police is not ready to tell the number of detainees nor are they allowing the lawyers to meet the students as given u/s 41D CrPC. The advocates are waiting outside the police station for the last 3 hours,“ he said.

Ladeeda Farzana, student leader in her twitter thread alleged that the city police is misbehaving with female lawyers.

The news agency PTI claimed that more than 70 students were detained. It is not clear how many students were detained.

Around four SFI activists were detained morning, while several students were picked up by the cops around 3 pm. The detainees include leaders of Fraternity Movement, SFI, NSUI and other student organisations.

DCP (Southeast) Esha Pandey said to Indian Express: “A screening for a BBC documentary was to be organised by a group of Jamia students inside the university today, which was not allowed by the administration of the University. The University administration informed the police that some students were creating ruckus on the streets and therefore a total of 13 students were detained around 4 pm to ensure peace in the area.”

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