10 arrested for violence in Jamia Millia, none students

10 arrested for violence in Jamia Millia, none students

 Police detain a demonstrator during a protest to show solidarity with the students of Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia who are agitating over the Citizenship Amendment Act, in Ahmedabad. (PTI Photo)

Ten people, who have criminal backgrounds, were arrested for their involvement in the violence near Jamia Millia Islamia during the protest against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill, officials said on Tuesday.

None of the arrested were students and more anti-social elements who created trouble during the Sunday protest are being tracked, they said.

In a report submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), officials said the Delhi Police informed denied reports about firing bullets at people during the protest even as two persons were admitted to hospitals with bullet injuries.

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On Sunday, a protest called by Jamia students was joined by locals and others. At least four buses, police, and private vehicles were damaged in the incident. Police also entered the university campus without permission from the authorities on Sunday night, lobbed tear gas shells into the library and beat up students, prompting protests on campuses across the country on Monday.

"No bullet was fired by the Delhi Police during protests at Jamia. All 10 persons detained have criminal backgrounds. More anti-social elements are being tracked," the officials said, citing a Delhi Police report.

Police officials said three of the ten men arrested are history sheeters. All of them were identified through CCTV and video footage, they said adding investigation has revealed that the arrested men had instigated the crowds and also vandalised public property.

The arrest of anti-social elements raised questions about the police action against the students. AAP leader Atishi said, "if the students of Jamia were not involved in arson and violence, then a lot of questions need to be answered by Delhi Police about why they entered the Jamia campus and indulged in such brutality towards students."

As questions were raised over CPI(ML)L Polit Bureau member Kavita Krishnan tweeted, "what Delhi Police is not telling us is that the 'outsiders' were RSS men in police uniform. They also lied about using bullets on the campus. Now that the whole action has backfired and Jamia students have come out in flying colours, Delhi Police Commissioner is trying out another tale."

Meanwhile, protests continued near Jamia as students and local residents with tricolour and placards took out marches outside the university campus shouting slogans against the government.

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