Citizenship Act protest: Violence, arson in south Delhi; buses torched

15 Décembre, 2019, 18:24 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Scores of students from Jamia Millia Islamia University staged a protest against the Citizenship Act 2019 on Saturday in New Delhi

Protesters allegedly torched three buses in city's New Friends Colony area as they clashed with cops who fired tear gas at the crowd.

Police also said that there was a scheduled protest at Jantar Mantar, but the number of protestors exceeded beyond the permissible number of 1,000. "Jamia practices and preaches peace".

In another tweet earlier, the chief minister said any sort of violence is unacceptable. One fire tender was completely damaged and two personnel were injured, he said.

Commenting on police's decision to enter Jamia Millia Islamia campus, Biswal said that JMI campus is not unified and it is located on both sides of the road and when the police were trying to control the protesters many of them entered the university and started pelting stones at police.

The Delhi Police justified its decision to enter the Jamia campus.

The student community of Jamia Milia Islamia also sought to disassociate themselves from Sunday's violent incident. Students maintain, however, that they did not initiate the violence and were inside college grounds, conducting a peaceful protest.

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"Violence by certain elements is an attempt to vilify and discredit genuine protests". We appeal to everyone to share this message, " the statement read.

Protest against the newly amended Citizenship Act got violent in the evening in the national capital with protestors torching buses and a fire tender in South Delhi.

Varsity's officials have issued a statement clarifying that the people from nearby areas caused the violence and not the students of the university. But Jamia students have denied their involvement categorically.

Saimon Farooqui, the national secretary of Congress-affiliated National Students" Union of India, claimed the protesters were peacefully sitting on Mathura Road when policemen tried to "trouble' a couple of them, who resisted. They said they returned to campus as the protest turned violent and were protesting on campus peacefully.

Defending the police action to resort to lathi charge on the protesters, the senior Delhi Police official said that the policemen were only trying to push the mob back in order to restrore law and order in the area.

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