Protesting peacefully for the last five hours in the open outside the Vice Chancellor’s office today after Friday prayer, the students called off their protest after assurance from the authorities, said student sources.
A student, who is a member of DSSC, said it was at 2:30 pm that we turned up at the V-C office but the gate was closed. We stayed on the gate for hours later on forcing our ways inside and picketed outside the V-C office, he said. It was during this time that security was beefed up at the campus.
The student said despite them picketing for hours the V-C did not come out to speak with them. It was only after the V-C left that after some time the Registrar and Pro-VC arrived on the scene and assured us that the matter would be looked into and it was only then that we decided to end our strike. He said students gheraoed Vice Chancellor Professor Talat Ahamd’s vehicle when he came out from his office to leave for the day.
During that time we were told that the V-C was unwell.
Official version is awaited on today’s development. It will be updated as it is received.
The students were protesting over an incident that took place on the campus on Thursday. “On the order of Chief Proctor, Jamia guards and attacked a peaceful gathering of students in the central canteen area during a cultural evening. The guards attacked students and manhandled the female students. We demand resignation of the Proctor, immediate action against the guards who abused students and apology letter from the administration tomorrow,” said Amber Fatmi.
Videos of the event have been doing the rounds on the social media.
Earlier, Jamia media coordinator Saima Saeed told TOI: “Several self-financing courses have classes until 7.30pm.” The administration said the organisers were asked to shift the venue to avoid disturbing students.