Headlines December 18, 2019
10 people arrested in connection with violence during protests
Ten people, many of them with criminal backgrounds, have been arrested in connection with Sunday’s violent protests involving Jamia Millia Islamia students and Delhi Police. No students have been arrested so far. Those arrested are from areas that border the university.
University officials have called for a high-level inquiry into the actions of the cops.
On Sunday evening a peaceful march by students against the controversial new citizenship law ended in a battle between a violent mob and Delhi Police. Over 100 two-wheelers, at least three public buses and a fire truck were damaged.
Many students and some cops were injured. The Delhi Police said they acted to control the situation.
“Our only interest is to push the mob back, so law and order can be restored in the area. We have no problem with university students. We only acted to control the situation – Chinmaya Biswal, DCP (South East Delhi)
Meanwhile over 100 students of Harvard University have written an open letter to the Indian government, condemning Sunday’s clashes. They have shown solidarity with the students. “Protests are inconvenient and disruptive, but they sustain the secular and democratic fabric of our nation,” the letter reads. “The violent suppression of protesters by the police, the use of teargas, lathi charges, and physical assault in response to peaceful dissent, and the police forces’ forceful entry into university campuses and consequent Internet blockades there are all deeply reprehensible”.
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