Protests against the amended Citizenship Act turned violent in various parts of India during the weekend. This comes after students of Jamia Milia Islamia Unversity in Delhi organized a march against the recently-enacted Citizenship Act.
Notably, the students of the aforementioned University wanted to march to the Parliament to protest against the Act. However, they were stopped by the police, who had thrashed the students to add fuel to the protest.
Aftermath, the protest turned violent and police also used tear gas and batons at the protestors. Several public buses were torched and police also barged into the university campus to “chase some outsiders who had indulged in vandalism“.
Notably, later police admitted that it was some local thugs who have created unrest and even lighted the buses and two-wheelers.
Over 125 people have been reportedly injured including 44 students during the protest in New Friends Colony in Delhi
Sunday Was Worse
Later on Sunday, situations at Aligarh Muslim University got worse after students tried to hold a solidarity march to express sympathy with the Jamia students.
Soon after, anti-riot vehicles belonging to Aligarh Police were seen entering AMU an hour before midnight. The police fired tear gas and also allegedly thrashed some vehicles parked at the campus.
Amid protest, the internet has been snapped from the city and will remain shut till 10 PM on December 16.
The top cop has said that the Aligarh Muslim University campus will be evacated. Earlier, officials of the AMU has released a statement saying that the university will remain shut till January 5. The exams have also been postponed.
“We are evacuating AMU today, we will send all students home,” UP Director General of Police OP Singh said. Several students and police personnel have been injured in the clashes.
Similarly in Delhi, University officials have also claimed that Delhi Police forcefully entered the campus without any permission and started beating up the staff and students. Everybody was forced to evacuate the campus with their hands over their heads.
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that he has spoken to Lieutenant-General Anil Baijal regarding the violence and urged him to restore normalcy and peace in the national capital.