FIR process against Delhi Police begins Tuesday: Jamia V-C

Jamia V-C
Jamia Millia Islamia V-C Najma Akhtar (with mic) speaks to students during their protest | Photo: Twitter/ANI

Nearly a month after police action rocked the campus of Jamia Millia Islamia in the national capital, vice-chancellor Najma Akhtar on Monday (January 13) said the process of filing an FIR against Delhi Police will begin on Tuesday. She said the National Human Rights Commission has already begun inquiry into the December 15’s police action on students.

This comes after hundreds of students of the university gheraoed the vice-chancellor’s office on Monday, demanding registration of an FIR against Delhi Police in connection with last month’s violence on the campus. Among other demands, they also want the university to reschedule examinations and ensure the security of students.

“Delhi Police entered the campus without permission and the process of filing an FIR against Delhi Police will begin from tomorrow… National Human Rights Commission has already begun an inquiry into police action against students,” Akhtar said on Monday.

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Jamia Milia Islamia students attempt to break a lock during a protest against vice-chancellor Najma Akhtar | PTI Photo

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The students on Monday barged into the office premises after breaking the lock on the main gate and raised slogans against the V-C. Angry students claimed that notices were given to vacate the hostel post the violence, a charge denied by Akhtar.

Akhtar tried to pacify the students and said attempts were being made to file an FIR but it has not been registered yet. The vice-chancellor said she has raised the matter with the government and has also sought legal course in the matter. She said security has also been doubled on the campus.

Saeed Fahad, a student, said FIRs have been registered against those who were demanding their rights during the protest. The real accused are still at large, he said referring to the police crackdown. Adil, an engineering student, said not even a single FIR has been filed in connection with last month’s violence.

On December 15, protesters torched four public buses and two police vehicles as they clashed with police in New Friends’ Colony near Jamia Millia Islamia during a demonstration against the amended Citizenship Act, leaving nearly 60 people including students, cops and firefighters injured.

(With inputs from agencies)

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