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Delhi Police resort to lathicharge to foil Jamia students Parliament March

A scuffle ensued when police confronted the protesters who tried to push forward towards Parliament

Tuesday February 11, 2020 7:10 AM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Jamia to Parliament Protest March

New Delhi: Tension erupted during the protest march from Jamia Millia Islamia to Parliament against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) here on Monday. A scuffle ensued when police confronted the protesters who tried to push forward towards Parliament. In the melee that ensued, many from both sides fainted.

After an hour long standoff between the security forces and the students, the police resorted to a lathicharge on the protesters near Holy Family hospital which is within walking distance of Jamia Millia Islamia.

Reports said that at least 16 students were injured in the police action. Some of the students who sustained serious injuries were shifted to Al Shifa Hospital.

Coming up against four layers of barricades and massive security deployment, some of the protesters tried to climb over the barricades. But they met with stiff resistance from the police.

Shoes hurled at Police

When shoes were hurled at the police from inside the ranks of the protesters, the organisers quickly stepped in to tell the protesters not to indulge in violence.

The anti-CAA/NRC/NPR march from Jamia Millia Islamia to Parliament began behind schedule on Monday amid heavy security deployment. The police had earlier denied permission to the protesters for the march.

The protesters have been demanding that the security forces must be sent back, the way towards Parliament be opened for the protesters and the detained students freed. The security forces continued their efforts to convince the protesters to go back inside the university.

Later, the management of the Jamia Millia Islamia was also called to pacify the protesters.

"I will request police to get back, but first students should sit," the chief proctor of Jamia, Waseem Ahmed Akhtar, said while addressing the protesters.

Bangles waved at Delhi Police

An interesting scene was also witnessed during the march as women protesters raised their bangles in the air pointed towards the Delhi police.

Jamia Protest Against CAA NRC

The women claimed that Delhi Police was not letting the march continue because of instructions by the BJP-led central government. They suggested that the Delhi Police wear the bangles for not allowing the protesters to march ahead.

"They are acting like they have bangles on their hands, so it's better they wear our bangles," Manjuri, a resident of Batla House, said as she waived the bangles she was wearing.

The march to Parliament was called by the Jamia Coordination Committee against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC). A similar march on January 30 had created a controversy after a man raising pro-CAA slogans opened fire injuring a protesting student.

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