CAA agitation: After Jamia Millia protest, Aligarh Muslim University students-police clash
New Delhi/Aligarh/IBNS: Amid ongoing violence against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in several corners of the country, students of Jamia Millia University in New Delhi and Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh clashed with the police on Sunday.
According to media reports, students of the prestigious Aligarh Muslim University were agitated by police action against students in Jamia Millia University and decided to move out of the university campus when they were stopped by the cops. This led to violence.
The police fired tear gas shells at students outside the Aligarh Muslim University campus after protesters pelted stones at them. Water cannons were also used by the police to quell the protests, reported Hindustan Times.
The university has been shut down till Jan 5.
The Aligarh Muslim University is shut for the winter break till January 5 after vacations were extended by a week, spokesperson of AMU, Shafey Kidwai was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
With all examinations postponed, the university will now reopen on Jan 6.
Following the violence, the authority has suspended internet services in Aligarh for 24 hours.
Students of Moulana Azad National Urdu University in Hyderabad, Jadavpur University in Kolkata and Benaras Hindu University in Uttar Pradesh also demonstrated against the alleged police action against Jamia Millia University students in Delhi late on Sunday night.
Meanwhile, students and other people gathered in large number on Sunday night outside the Old Delhi Police Headquarters building at the ITO, protesting against the police in support of the Jamia Millia Islamia students against the way how police handled the situation in the varsity area.
People gathered outside the PHQ at ITO, raising anti-Delhi Police slogans, questioning as to why the police entered the campus area and used tear gas shells at the students.
It is being said that the Jamia and the JNU students appealed to many students and the public through a Whatsapp message, to gather outside the Police Headquarters in support of the JMI and against the Delhi Police's conduct in handling the situation.
The JNU students were appealed to mobilise with immediate effect in the evening, a protestor said.
Meanwhile, on the instructions of Delhi Police, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has shut entry and exit points at several stations, including Sukhdev Vihar, Jamia Millia Islamia, Okhla Vihar, Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh, Vasant Vihar, Munirka, RK Puram, Patel Chowk, Vishwavidyalaya, GTB Nagar, Shivaji Stadium, ITO, IIT, Delhi Gate and Pragati Maidan.
Trains will not be halting at these stations, according to an official of DMRC. Meanwhile, the Gate number 3 of Ashram metro station, which was closed earlier, has been opened, he added.
Students and other people continued to gather outside the PHQ, with the number of agitators swelling up.