Jamia Millia Live Updates: A worldwide statement of solidarity is now gathering support.
Universities from across the country have come out in protests against the blatant attack of students in Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University.
Protests have been sparked off in solidarity with the students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslin University after reports emerged that police forcibly entered the campuses on Sunday evening. Multiple videos showed police firing tear gas shells and brutally beating up the students and staff during protests against the newly-imposed Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
In South Delhi, where the Jamia Millia Islamia campus is located, protests allegedly turned violent after few protesters torched three DTC buses and vandalised private vehicles. Multiple videos have since emerged where people have counter-accused the police to have vandalised the buses in a bid to start the violent retaliation.
The police action on Jamia students prompted a protest in the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in Aligarh where angry students clashed with the police.
The brutal attacks inside two of India's most coveted universities sparked off a series of protests across the country from Kozhikode to Kolkata. We bring you updates from across the country on the ongoing protests where opposition political parties have also united to give solidarity to the students.
Cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra on Monday said images of students clashing with police at various institutions o are deeply disturbing and crushing voices of dissent will only turn the agitators against India.
The 42-year-old former batsman, who played 10 Tests for India, took to Twitter to express his concern.
"Deeply disturbing visuals from educational institutions across the country. Teary eyed. They are one of us. These kids are the future of this country. We don't make India great by silencing their voices with the use of force. You'll only turn them against India," Chopra wrote on his twitter handle.
Visuals of Mamata Bannerjee's massive rally in Calcutta are surfacing:
A message from IIT Madras:
We, the students collective of IIT Madras register our protest against the brutal crackdown by police on the student protests happening all over the country, stand in solidarity with the students of JMI and AMU whose campuses have been occupied by uniformed men in khakis. We believe the Home Minister Amit Shah should take moral responsibility for these reprehensible acts and resign immediately.
We understand that the fascistic terror unleashed by the central government is to quell the voices arising against the unconstitutional CAA and the communal NRC. We reject the Islamophobic CAA and NRC unconditionally and call upon all students, youth, and people living in this country to take to the streets and democratically protest.
Long Live Students Unity!
A worldwide statement of solidarity in support of Jamia Millia is being circulated on social media. The statement reads:
We, the undersigned, condemn in the strongest possible terms the police brutality in Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, and the ongoing illegal siege and curfew imposed on Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. On 15th December 2019 Delhi police in riot-gear illegally entered the Jamia Millia campus and attacked students who are peacefully protesting the Citizenship Amendment Act. The Act explicitly bars Muslims from India’s neighboring countries from the acquisition of Indian citizenship. It contravenes the right to equality and secular citizenship enshrined in the Indian constitution.
On the 15th at JMIU, police fired tear gas shells, entered hostels and attacked students studying in the library and praying in the mosque. Over 200 students have been severely injured, many who are in critical condition. Because of the blanket curfew and internet blockage imposed at AMU, we fear a similar situation of violence is unfolding, without any recourse to the press or public. The peaceful demonstration and gathering of citizens does not constitute criminal conduct. The police action in the Jamia Millia Islamia and AMU campuses is blatantly illegal under the constitution of India.
We stand in solidarity with the students, faculty and staff of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University, and express our horror at this violent police and state action. With them, we affirm the right of citizens to peaceful protest and the autonomy of the university as a non-militarized space for freedom of thought and expression. The brutalization of students and the attack on universities is against the fundamental norms of a democratic society.
As teachers, students, and scholars across the world, we are watching with extreme concern the situation unfolding at Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University. We refuse to remain silent at the violence unleashed on our colleagues (students, staff, and faculty) peacefully protesting the imposition of a discriminatory and unjust law.
The link to the form can be found here.
#JamiaProtest, #AMUprotest: #CJI Bobde says #SupremeCourt won't be bullied, can't be held to ransom while public properties are destroyed.Just because they are students, they can't take law in their own hands, says the #CJI. SC will hear the matter tomorrow if no violent protests— Utkarsh Anand (@utkarsh_aanand) December 16, 2019
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, one of the most strident voices against the new Citizenship Act and the proposed NRC, took to streets in Kolkata in the afternoon, ignoring governor Jagdeep Dhankar's deprecatory remark that it would be "unconstitutional and inflammatory".
In the chilling cold in Delhi today, a group of shirtless students from Jamia Millia created a chain at their university gates in protest against police brutality:
It is very clear that mob lit the fire inside the bus,after which police pour water in it— Rishabh Rawat (@RishabhRawat27) December 16, 2019
Shame on @msisodia and @AtishiAAP please don't spread fake news.@ThePlacardGuy @KapilMishra_IND @DuttYogi @sambitswaraj#JamiaProtest #JamiaMilia #StandWithDelhiPolice#ISupportDelhiPolice pic.twitter.com/lMLeSB7ohh
Despite overwhelming evidences of police brutality coming in the form of videos and photographs, a large portion of Indians on social media platform, Twitter, feels the police are right on their part. The majority feels the culprits -- stone pelters and people who vandalised public property -- should be dished out the same treatment by the police.
Big big news— Shehzad Jai Hind (@Shehzad_Ind) December 16, 2019
CJI slams lobby lawyer : just because you are students u don't have right to riot
Cji Bobde & SC will hear Jamia clashes matter tmrw
If protest continues will not hear matter:CJI
Stern message to the "hand" behind riots using students #ISupportDelhiPolice
The tweets are further proof of how the incidents in Jamia Millia and AMU have further polarised the Indians. There are even calls to shut down state-run 'muslilm universities' and clamp down on politics in campuses.
Universities across the country are raising their voices in solidarity and protest against the brute violence faced by Jamia Millia students:
This should be eye opening for EVERY MUSLIM.— Md Asif Khan آصِف (@imMAK02) December 16, 2019
Modi's pet Akshay Kumar had liked a tweet in which a Sanghi mocking brutal attack on #JamiaMilia student.
Translation of tweet "Congratulations, they are getting freedom in Jamia"#JamiaProtest https://t.co/Sh2JeVjmAq
Regarding the ‘like’ on the tweet of Jamia Milia students, it was by mistake. I was scrolling and accidentally it must have been pressed and when I realised I immediately unliked it as In no way do I support such acts.— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) December 16, 2019
BSP President and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Monday termed the violence in Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia as "unfortunate" . The students had been protest against the newly amended Citizenship Act and were demanding a judicial inquiry before the events took a violent turn.
Mayawati also appealed to all communities to maintain calm after violence rocked the two universities.
"The violence against the new Citizenship Amendment Act, first in Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh and then in Jamia University and entire Jamia region in which many innocent students and common people were targeted is very unfortunate and the party is with the victims," she said in a tweet.
1. नए नागरिकता संशोधन कानून के विरोध में की गई हिंसा में पहले उत्तर प्रदेश की अलीगढ़ व फिर जामिया यूनिवर्सिटी में तथा पूरे जामिया क्षेत्र में भी जो काफी बेकसूर छात्र व आमलोग शिकार हुए हैं यह अति दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण है तथा पार्टी पीड़ितों के साथ है।— Mayawati (@Mayawati) December 16, 2019
"Under such circumstances, UP and Central governments should get a high level judicial inquiry conducted into such incidents so as to ensure that original culprits do not go scot free. The police and administration should also act impartially" she said.
"Otherwise, this fire can spread very badly across the country, specially in educational institutions. Also, it is also an appeal to all communities to maintain peace and order," Mayawati added.
(Inputs from PTI)