After silencing students, Jamia targets newspaper vendor
OT, October 6, 2012 15:56 IST
Okhla Times Campus Reporter/JMI
A newspaper vendor has been allegedly reprimanded by a senior Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) authority for slipping in AISA leaflets in university hostels with daily newspapers, according to a source close to the vendor.
A reliable source said for the time being the vendor has been allowed to continue distributing newspapers in the hostels with a rider that all his newspapers will be allegedly checked by a bull.
To verify the report, OKHLA TIMES contacted university proctor Masood Alam and he said over phone that he had no idea about such a development. Other university officials could not be reached for comment.
It is understood that AISA, organizer of the protest march, distributed leaflets to students with daily newspapers urging them to turn up in huge numbers at the peaceful protest from JMI to MHRD office in New Delhi over mess fee hike. The protest took place but only a few JMI students could participate because of alleged officials’ pressure on them.
Also, some students were issued a show-cause notice for their hunger strike on the night of September 27. Since then protesting students have been singled out and all efforts are on to silence them into submission, claimed a student on the condition of anonymity.
And in the witch-hunting that is going on the campus unabated, the vendor, who doesn’t want his name to be published, is the latest victim.
It appears that the authorities have decided not to tolerate dissent. Hostels have been turned into a jail with students’ identity card being checked again and again, claimed a student, who doesn’t want to be named.
An Urdu journalist, who was on the spot covering the peaceful protest outside provost office a few days ago, was also roughed up and the authorities are not willing to hand over his camera memory data that was snatched on that day. Scribe Nisar Khan confirmed this incident.
Even some students have complained that many websites are blocked online.
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