10 Arrested For Jamia Violence, None Are Students

Ten people, many of whom have criminal backgrounds, have been arrested in connection with Sunday’s violent clashes involving Jamia Millia Islamia students and Delhi Police. A further 15 others have been identified in raids. Although no students have been arrested so far, sources said cops had not yet given them a clean chit and they were being investigated. Those arrested are from the Jamia and Okhla areas – both of which border the university – of the national capital, police added. Sources within the Home Ministry also said “more anti-social elements (are) being tracked”.

A report submitted by Delhi Police to the Home Ministry also says empty cartridges were recovered from the protest sites and that these do not match those issued to them; the police have been accused of opening fire on protesters.

Elaborating on the extent of violence, news agency IANS said 14 buses had been either burnt or damaged and 20 private vehicles had been torched. It also said 67 people, including 31 police officers, had been injured and a total of 47 persons, including students, had been detained.

Two separate cases have been registered – against unknown persons – for arson and rioting.

In their inquiries the cops also focused on a sack full of stones found near the demonstration site. Sunday’s violence had included the latter throwing stones at the police and emergency service officials at the scene. Photographs have also emerged, police said, of damage to government property.

Delhi Police had earlier said a Crime Branch team will investigate the violence, while Jamia Vice Chancellor Najma Akhtar called for a high-level inquiry into the actions of the cops.

The trouble began on Sunday evening after what started as a peaceful march by students – against the controversial new citizenship law – ended in a pitched battle between a violent mob and Delhi Police. By the time the dust settled, several hours later, more than a hundred two-wheelers, at least three public buses and a fire truck were either torched or damaged

The violence left dozens of students and some cops injured. Two men, who were apparently part of the protest, were admitted to Delhi’s government-run Safdarjung Hospital on Monday with bullet injuries, the Medical Superintendent told , directly contradicting claims by the police that they did not fire bullets at protesters.

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