Jamia students release statement: 'We will continue to resist' CAA & NRC

New Delhi: Students of Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi held a protest march against the Citizenship Act (CAA) on the evening of 15 December that turned violent. At least three buses and several two-wheelers were set ablaze. Batons and tear gas were used as police were seen chasing protesters through the streets. At least 125 people were injured in the clashes through the evening.

Rumours had also spread on social media of casualties in the clash, but these rumours were dispelled by the Jamia administration.

Jamia students and alumni released on 16 December a statement following the incident, as shared by Mohammad Reyaz, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication professor of journalism at Jamia.


STATEMENT BY JAMIA STUDENTS AND ALUMNI

New Delhi, December 16, 2019, 4 am: Students and the alumni community of Jamia Millia Islamia are concerned about the violence meted out to the students of the university today. The police entered the campus without the university authority’s permission and beat up students, injuring dozens, and destroying the university property. Many of them were studying in the university library, which was tear-gassed, and students were detained.

By the latest account, students are still being treated for injuries in different hospitals in Delhi. The detained students – some 50 – have been released, thanks to the vigil by fellow students, alumni, civil society and the media.

In the light of many unsubstantiated claims going around, we want to clarify a few facts:

1. Today’s protest by Jamia students was peaceful and was confined to the campus.

2. Jamia students condemn the violence, including that by the police. The attack on mediapersons is heinous and Jamia students were not involved.

3. We condemn the highhandedness of the police. It was arbitrary and discriminatory and was an attack on a sacred space of a democratic society. Action must be taken against the policemen who indulged in violence.

4. We reiterate that we stand by every peaceful protest on CAA and NRC happening across the country. No amount of diversion tactic will stop us from protesting against discriminatory and anti-democratic laws. We appeal to you to be cautious of the attempts being made to term the protests communal. We must remain united.

5. We request people to not share unverified information. However well-intentioned they may be, they can discredit a noble movement being spearheaded by students.

As the Jamia community, we are thankful to students from other universities and members of civil society who have come out in our support and those who are still protesting across the country. We are thankful to the section of the media who have stuck to the fact.

We appeal to the people of India to continue to protest the onslaught on our rights in a peaceful manner.

We will continue to resist.


The statement was posted on social media here. Protests erupted in several parts of the country following the violence in Delhi, including IIT Bombay, Jadavpur University in West Bengal, JNU, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Maulana Azad National Urdu University in Hyderabad, and parts of Kerala.

Police also clashed with students at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), where a local reporter said tear gas and water cannons used by cops, and stone pelting was witnessed.


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