Delhi: Students of Jawarharlal Nehru University held a protest against police action at Jamia University outside the Delhi Police headquarters in ITO late on Sunday night. The standoff continued till late in the night.
Congress leader Salman Khurshid and Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad joined the protest around midnight on Sunday.
Over 60 people, including students, cops and firefighters were injured when protesters torched four public buses and two police vehicles as they clashed with police in New Friends’ Colony near Jamia Millia University during a demonstration against the Citizenship Act on Sunday evening.
The Delhi Police on Sunday evening entered the campus of Jamia Millia University after protests against Citizenship Act turned violent in South Delhi.
They resorted to tear gas shelling and lathicharge inside the campus after tensions erupted in Sarai Juleina and Mathura Road earlier in the day. According to police, four buses were allegedly set on fire after which four fire engines were pressed to service to douse the flames.
Schools in South East Delhi and Noida will remain shut on Monday.
According to Delhi Fire Service, students of Jamia Millia Islamia University blocked the way of one of the fire tenders and damaged it. Two firemen were also injured in the violence, they said.
Delhi Traffic Police said in a tweet that the vehicle movement was closed from Okhla Underpass to Sarita Vihar due to the agitation. Vehicles coming from Badarpur and Ashram Chowk were diverted to alternative routes due to the blockade.
Jamia Millia Islamia, Okhla Vihar, Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh, Vasant Vihar, Munirka, RK Puram, Patel Chowk, Vishwavidyalaya, GTB Nagar and Shivaji Stadium Metro stations were closed in view of the situation prevailing in the national capital.
Meanwhile, students and alumni of Jamia Millia Islamia denied any involvement in the violence that rocked South Delhi on Sunday.
The Jamia Millia Islamia University Committee in a statement said, “We have time and again maintained that our protests are peaceful and non-violent. We stand by this approach and condemn any party involved in the violence,” They claimed that “violence by certain elements is an attempt to vilify and discredit genuine protests”.