New Delhi: Students from Jamia Milia Islamia were stopped today by Delhi Police while carrying an anti-CAA march towards Parliament. Since the police had deployed heavy security around the campus, protesting students were stopped near the Holy Family Hospital in Okhla.
According to the eye witness, Upendra Singh, SHO of Jamia Nagar police station informed students that their permission to march at the Parliament has been rejected, to which the students protested claiming that it is their right to protest.
The police resorted to baton charge as the students tried to jump barricades. “We were protesting peacefully. As soon as I climbed on the barricade, a cop pulled me down, and my head hit the ground. They then started hitting me with their boots. As soon as I tried to rise, one cop hit my private part with his knee. The impact was so hard that I fainted on the spot. I can’t remember anything after that”, shared Meeran Haider, a student from Jamia.
Ladeeda Farzana, student activist from Jamia took to social media to share their ordeal, “What the Delhi police did last week in Raj Ghat march from Jamia Millia as well in today’s parliament march is unbearable. When they are not having any provocation from the protestors for a lathi charge, what they are doing is that they are poking with lathis on stomach and poking with pins on the body and twisting the hands of the peaceful protestors. After the hours of the cruelty of Delhi police many are getting unconscious, severely hurt. Fierce protests must be mounted against these police atrocities.”
According to reports, more than 10 woman students have been hit on their private parts and admitted to Jamia Health Centre. “There are blunt injuries and some students have been hit in a way that we had to shift them to Al Shifa because injuries are serious in nature,” the doctors confirmed.
“More than 10 students have been hit on their private parts. We have found blunt injuries and some have been hit in a way that we had to shift them to Al Shifa because injuries are serious in nature,” the doctors said.
More than 10 students of Jamia Millia University Injured
Students participated in an anti-CAA march towards Parliament, have been admitted to the Jamia Health Centre for injuries in their private parts.
Speaking to India Today TV, the resident doctors at the health centre said that some of the students have been shifted to Al-Shifa hospital.
“More than 10 woman students have been hit on their private parts. We have found blunt injuries on some of the protesters,” the doctors said.
“Some students have also suffered internal injuries as they have been hit on chest with lathis,” they said. India Today TV has spoken to two male students who said that they were also hit on hit private parts by cops. He was also admitted to emergency for his injuries.
A student, who was being treated at the health centre told India Today TV that a woman cop removed her burqa and hit her in private parts with a lathi. “I have been hit on my private parts by cops with boots. One of the woman cops took off my burqa and hit me on my private parts with a lathi,” she said.
Another student said that the cops were beating them below the belt so that the camera could not capture it. “They were pushing us so hard that we got stuck in stampede four or five times,” the student said. She added, “There are women who have been injured in their sensitive parts. I have been hit in the elbow and abdomen. They are hitting us with lathi below the belt so that it didn`t come in camera.”
Jamia students injured during a scuffle with cops (Image credit: Tanushree Pandey for India Today)
“Police hit me at my private part with feet. They are beating ladies, so I came in their rescue, they hit me with a stick at chest and back and hit me with legs at private part. The doctor has put me in the emergency,” the injured male student said.
Another male student admitted at the Jamia health centre said that he was hit so badly that he fainted twice. “I was telling them please let us protest, but they were pushing us. We couldn`t escape as. They were hitting from the below at the private parts. I fainted twice,” he said.
India Today TV also spoke to Al-Shifa hospital. The hospital authorities have informed that at least nine people – eight Jamia students and a local resident – have been admitted at Al-Shifa after the protest. “One of the students have suffered severe injuries, we have shifted him to the ICU,” they said.
As per the ground reports, the situation between students and the cops is at a standstill as the security forces are not letting protesters move forward, and the people are not going backing off. At least 200 protesters are still near the barricades, trying to push their way to continue the protest march.
The situation in Jamia became tense after scores of Jamia Millia students and residents of Jamia Nagar got into a scuffle with police after they were stopped from carrying an anti-CAA march towards Parliament. Some students were detained but were released later.
The situation between students and the cops is at a standstill as the security forces are not letting protesters move forward, and the people are not going backing off (Reuters image)
The protest call was given by the Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC), an organisation of Jamia students and alumni.
Despite repeated appeals from the police and the varsity authorities, the protesters refused to end their agitation. Police said the protesters did not have permission to march towards Parliament.
The protesters raised slogans like “Kagaz Nahi Dikhayenge’ (We will not show documents) and “Jab Nahi Dare Hum Goron Se Toh Kyun Dare Hum Auron Se” (When we did not fear the British, why should we fear others).
Men formed a human chain on either sides of roads as women walked ahead, waving the tricolour and raising slogans of “Halla Bol”.
A scuffle ensued as policemen tried to stop the protesters. Many of them jumped over barricades to continue their march towards Parliament.
Jamia Millia Islamia proctor Waseem Ahmed Khan appealed to the students to disperse and not meddle with the police. “The message has been sent. I request students in the crowd to go back to the university. Respect the law and peacefully go back,” he urged the students.
Those opposing the CAA contend that it discriminates on the basis of religion and violates the Constitution. They also allege that the CAA along with the NRC is intended to target the Muslim community in the country.
However, the central government has dismissed the allegations, maintaining that the law is intended to give citizenship to the persecuted minorities from the three neighbouring countries and not to take away anyone’s citizenship.
(With inputs from PTI)