Long at last Jamia Millia Islamia succeeded in getting backs its land after more than two decades under the leadership of Vice Chancellor Professor Talat Ahmad. How arduous the task was could be understood from the fact that unprecedented security arrangements were made and since morning large number of police started pouring in on the campus.
University watchers said last time such operation at a large scale was seen during Lt Gen (Retd) MA Zaki when he was the Vice Chancellor.
It was a tough day with senior university officials being on the field early morning interacting with the authorities making sure that no untoward incidents take place during the dismantling of the colony built illegally on Jamia land just ahead of Noam Chomsky centre, claimed sources.
The university took a huge risk and went ahead with the operation to acquire the land that despite court order was not in its possession, said university watchers, adding that qabza of university land is an old issue.
It was after many years any VC took such a bold step for the university by taking huge risk and getting the land freed, said university watchers.
And as the police force reached the spot in the morning everybody was finger crossed. Initially the force faced a feeble resistance that was handled ably and then authorities got down to work. Officials were seen convincing residents about the legal procedures and the fact that the land belonged to Jamia.
If some walked out peacefully, a few were reluctant to vacate the land claiming that they have been living on it for ages. Many even pointed out that notice was not served to them. However, an eyewitness pointed out an old notice posted on the wall of the colony that saw concrete construction after metro work started only a few months ago.
Overnight several shops and houses surfaced in the locality illegally, sources claimed.
All told, the authorities were able to manage the show peacefully without even using force. A few residents were detained who later on after the task was over were released. By evening the area was flattened with boundaries being laid so that the university could utilize its land.