New Delhi: The capital’s Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMI), which, in December, witnessed arguably the country’s first anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest outside the northeast, on Saturday decided to temporarily call off the stir in view of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic scare. Also Read - Entered Jamia Campus to Contain Violence, Rescue Innocent Students: Delhi Police Files Report in Court
Notably, the protest has been taking place outside gate number seven of the university, which, on December 15, also witnessed a crackdown by the Delhi Police on the campus, after an anti-CAA march outside the university turned violent. Also Read - Jamia Millia Library Which was Damaged During Citizenship Law Protests Reopens
The protest at Jamia entered its 100th day today. Also Read - IS-linked Couple Incites Anti-CAA Protests For Terror Strike in Delhi's Jamia Nagar; Detained
In a statement, the Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC), the organisers of the protest, said, “With a heavy heart but great hope in our hearts, we temporarily suspend the ongoing 24 hours sit-in protest at Gate no. 7, JMI and appeal to all the protestors to kindly take the situation with utmost seriousness and save themselves and others from this fatal illness.”
The JCC is a group of Jamia students and alumni, which was formed after the December 15 incident. On the occasion of the protest entering its 100th day, the group also distributed face masks and sanitisers to all the protesters; this was followed by a briefing on the Covid-19 pandemic.
The development comes just a day ahead of the ‘Janata Curfew Day,’ which will be observed across the nation from 7 AM-9 PM tomorrow, as a ‘mock drill’ to prepare the country for a longer and complete lockdown in the future, should such a need arise.
The anti-CAA protest at the nearby Shaheen Bagh, however, continues even amid coronavirus scare. Protesters, mostly women, who started the sit-in in the wake of the police crackdown in Jamia, have also decided to continue with their stir even on ‘Janata Curfew’ day.