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Jamia strike peters out as hostel students step back; handful hold ground

Residents of Boys Hostel, Jamia Millia Islamia have withdrawn themselves from the agitation over alleged police entry into the campus saying that there was no raid of police personnel and it was only a security breach.

In a signed letter written last evening to the Vice Chancellor, JMI submitted through the Chief Proctor, the students announced their withdrawal from the agitation stating that they had realised that some of the issues were being “fabricated unnecessarily which have no meaning for us.”

“We the students of Jamia Boys Hostel would like to clarify that there was no raid of police personnel but it was only a security breach. This has created an atmosphere of fear amongst the residents of the hostel” they said in the letter a day after the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Talat Ahmad addressed and appealed to them to call-off their stir.

Disagreeing with a few students who are still on strike they said that “these students have nothing to do with hostel’s incidence and are working only for their vested interest” adding that “they do not even have any idea about the incident that took place on 13/08/2016”. On their part, they made it clear that they were in Jamia Millia Islamia to “study and not for politics.”

Referring to the Vice Chancellor, Prof Ahmad’s address to them on the evening of August 15, they said that, “you have assured that appropriate steps would be taken to avoid such incidents in future. You have also assured us that legal action will be taken by the concerned authorities. We fully agree with your words and hope that you will seriously look into the matter.”

They said they had been assured by the university that in the future there will be no security breach by any agency without the permission of university authorities. They have also been convinced that no action will be taken against any of them.

On August 15, Jamia Vice Chancellor Prof. Talat Ahmad this evening addressed a group of striking students and appealed to them to call off their strike assuring them that their interests would be safeguarded by the university “at all cost”.

Addressing them as their “guardian, their teacher and a Vice Chancellor”, he categorically stated that there was no “police raid’’ and that the police never entered hostel premises. Their presence on campus was a part of routine verification in connection with the Independence Day. It was being wrongly projected that police had entered the hostel.

He, however, strongly condemned the police entering the campus without prior permission of the Chief Proctor. He asked the students, who had been protesting, to maintain peace and not allow misguided elements to play with their future.

He informed them that in keeping with their demand, the Chief Proctor had written to the DCP South East to take action against the erring police personnel. Similarly, the Dean of Students’ Welfare had appealed to them on Aug 14th to maintain calm and work to protect the image of the university. He said that he was open to setting up a committee comprising of teachers and students who would take up the matter with Delhi Police.

“The environment in the university should not be vitiated and don’t make Jamia a political battleground” an anguished Vice Chancellor told the students, adding that they should be vigilant from becoming a pawn in the hands of people having vested interests. “Please don’t be influenced by those elements that can’t safeguard your interest.”

Prof. Ahmad told them that to even insinuate that Jamia students are suspects is both ill-founded and misleading and the administration has condemned any attempts to remotely suggest so.

He reminded them that they were good students and the fact that they had secured admission to JMI was a testimony of their high academic credentials. Therefore, at this juncture, students must take utmost care to ensure that their careers are not dented.

He assured them that he will not allow anything adverse to come in the way of their academic work and progress and if so required they can send their representatives to talk to him and that his doors were always open for all JMI students.

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