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Jamia students lathicharged at ‘RSS Iftar’ protest: Rumour or reality?

As the protest against the Iftar was going on at Jamia, a post surfaced on the social media of students being lathicharged.

Words spread like wildfire in the locality with many expressing their concern. It all started after a Jamia student Daud Arif wrote about the incident on his timeline: “I am extremely appalled at the news coming in from Jamia. Students who have been protesting against RSS (Right-wing outfit) hosting an Iftar on campus have been lathicharged and detained.”

OT.COM spoke to a few protesting students to get to the depth of the story. “There was no open lathicharge on students but yes some students were roughed up (dhaka mukki). Some girl students bear the brunt,” said Jamia student Sharjeel Ehtemam.

Earlier, student leader Meeran Haider wrote that students of Jamia strongly oppose the University administration decision to provide University space to Muslim Rashtriya Manch (a unit of RSS) for organising Iftar party on 5th of June where RSS office bearer Indresh Kumar is scheduled to be the chief guest.

There is a massive anger among the students of Jamia against the Vice Chancellor of JMI who is also supposed to share space with Indresh Kumar, he wrote earlier.

Another student Shoeb said there was dhaka-mukki, altercation that turned up physical for a short period of time.

A Jamia fan, who participated in the protest, said no lathicharge took place. Sources said police had a barricade and didn’t allow students and protesters to go beyond a place on the campus. The protesters were stopped there.

However, according to sources, a few students who tried to reach the venue of the Iftar, were stopped and when they didn’t some among them were detained.

A girl student said police used lathi just to scare students. Nobody was hurt.

She said a few students were detained. A photo also surfaced in which a student’s shirt is also seen torn.

A source said no lathi charge was used. Had there been lathicharge many students would have been got seriously hurt as there was a crowd, said the source.

A police officer, who was deputed on the campus, said no lathicharge took place. A few “aggressive” students were overpowered and detained and released later on, said the official, adding that lathicharge is very harsh thing.

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