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Exploring Options to File FIR against Jamia Violence, Says Najma Akhtar after Students Gherao VC's Office

Jamia Milia Islamia University students protest against their Vice Chancellor (VC) Najma Akhtar, demanding registration of an FIR against Delhi Police in connection with last month's violence inside the campus in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI)

Jamia Milia Islamia University students protest against their Vice Chancellor (VC) Najma Akhtar, demanding registration of an FIR against Delhi Police in connection with last month's violence inside the campus in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI)

Following of the demands of students to reschedule the examinations, the university authorities decided to cancel the semester exams till further notice.

New Delhi: Hours after Jamia Millia Islamia students gheraoed Vice Chancellor Najma Akhtar's office on Monday, demanding registration of an FIR against Delhi Police in connection with last month's violence on the campus, the VC office said the possibility of moving court over the issue would be explored.

Following of the demands of students to reschedule the examinations, the university authorities decided to cancel the semester exams till further notice.

Earlier in the day, hundreds of students barged into the office premises after breaking the lock on the main gate and raised slogans against the VC. Among other demands, they also want the university to ensure security of students.

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 been doubled on the campus.

Sources said the administration has submitted a complaint to the Jamia Nagar station house officer, the commissioner of Delhi Police and the deputy commissioner of police South East Delhi against the rampage at the university library on December 15. It has also written letters to Joint CP Southern Range and DCP Crime for the registration of an FIR.

On December 15, protestors torched four public buses and two police vehicles as they clashed with police in New Friends' Colony near the university during a demonstration against the amended Citizenship Act, leaving nearly 60 people, including students, police personnel and fire fighters, injured.

The National Human Rights Commission has also initiated an inquiry into the police action against the students. A team has already visited the university and another team is scheduled to come on Tuesday to record the statement of the victim students. The university has already handed over all the evidence to the NHRC.

Angry students claimed that notices were given to vacate the hostel post the violence, a charge denied by Akhtar.

Saeed Fahad, a student, said FIRs have been registered against those who were demanding their rights during 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.

(With inputs from PTI)
first published:January 13, 2020, 13:16 IST