Students at Delhi's Jamia Milia Islamia protested on Saturday night alleging their hostel in the campus was "raided" by police in plain clothes as part of security preparations for Independence Day.
Delhi Police said the "routine check" was carried out along with members of the university staff, though the warden and the provost denied giving any such permission.
"It was not a raid. It was a routine security exercise before Independence Day, where along with the university staff they checked the posters etc. The police had gone with the university staff only" said DCP of the South East Zone.
After the security check, Jamia students staged a protest on the main campus till late into the night and shouted slogans against the Proctor and Vice-Chancellor.
They said the police, while at the hostel campus, took photographs of some of the students and checked their ID cards.
“The police behaved as if we are all terrorists. They kept asking weird questions such as where are we coming from, where are we going,” said a student.
“What is the need for police on a university campus? This is just a concerted effort to malign the image of this university that has remained under the radar for no reason. Are we here to live in a continuous state of fear,” asked a female student.
Though some students said they were warned a couple of days ago about a surprise raid , they questioned why it was held in the absence of hostel authorities.
“What if they place something in our room and put the blame on one of us, who will take the responsibility in such a case?” asked a protester.