New Delhi: At a time when the continued protests over the Centre’s contentious Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 are on the rise in the national capital, Union Human Resource Department Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishak’ on Sunday said people trying to diminish the dignity of the esteemed institutes like the Jawaharlal Nehru University or Jamia Milia Islamia will not be tolerated. Also Read - 'Will Probe Matter,’ Says Delhi Police After Jamia Students Release Video Showing Police Brutality on Dec 15
“Be it JNU, Jamia or other institutions, all of them are very good. I have been saying this from the very beginning, that whosoever will try to bring the dignity of these institutions will not be tolerated at any cost,” he said. Also Read - Jamia Millia Alumni Group Releases CCTV Footage of Delhi Police Crackdown in Campus on December 15 | Watch
While addressing a gathering in Guwahati, the HRD Minister said some people are trying to bring down the statue of the esteemed institutes like the JNU and the JMI.
The statement from the minister assumes significance as the JNU and JMI have been witnessing incessant protests for various reasons across the national capital.
On one side, the JNU protest started against revised hostel fees, and on the other side, the anti-CAA protests rocked the Jamia campus.
On December 15 last year, the Jamia university area and adjoining New Friends Colony area witnessed violence against the CAA. In the wake of the violence, over 14 buses were burnt or damaged and 20 private vehicles had been torched in the incident. Moreover, 67 people, including 31 police officers, were injured and a total of 47 persons, including students, were detained.