New Delhi: Amid protests over the controversial Citizenship Act, the students of Jamia Millia Islamia were reported to have boycotted the semester exams scheduled on Saturday. Thus, the varsity postponed all the exams that were scheduled to take place on December 14, stated a report. “All the semester exams scheduled today have been postponed,” said a senior varsity official on Saturday, as quoted by news agency PTI.
The students of the varsity had earlier called for a university lockdown on Saturday. The reasons for boycotting the semester exams were to protest against the Citizenship Act and over the violent clash between the police and the Jamia students on Friday.
The students of Jamia Millia Islamia University wanted to march to Parliament House to protest the Citizenship Act on Friday and fifty students were detained for protesting. The students who were baton-charged by police personnel claimed that the police had used tear gas to quell their march. The student protestors also alleged that police had first resorted to stone-pelting before they threw back stones in response. Videos circulated by students on social media showed police caning the protestors. The police had cordoned off the road and protestors were seen climbing onto barricades. The University’s gate was later closed.
“Students started their march. We had placed barricades which they broke and tried to jump over them. Then they threw stones at us forcing us to use teargas shells. The students have been detained and taken to Badarpur police station,” a senior police official was quoted by news agency PTI as saying.
As a precautionary measure, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had closed the entry and exit points at Patel Chowk and Janpath metro stations after the Delhi police issued an advisory. The stations were opened an hour later.
(With agency inputs)