Jamia bulls crack down on protesting students at 4:25 AM
OT, September 27, 2012 01:57 IST
Okhla Times Campus Reporter/JMI
A peaceful hunger strike by some Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) hostel students over mess fee hike was forcefully brought to an end by university authorities, including bulls, at about 4:25 AM on Thursday, according to eyewitnesses.
They told OKHLA TIMES that bulls chased students out of the campus in the morning and terrorized them to surrender. Nobody was injured or beaten up, but a few students were detained, according to sources.
Initially more than thousand students had assembled outside provost office at about 9 PM on Wednesday to protest. But slowly students started moving out and till 4:25 AM only 50 students were left, according to a student, who doesn’t want to be named. (Also read: Empty stomach, students demand rollback. Will authorities oblige them?)
Journalist camera seized
“Initially they tried to delete all my crucial photos that I had taken. When they failed to do so they kept my memory card and promised to hand it over to me today. There was chaos on the campus as I saw firsthand how bulls were trying to terrorize innocent students who had turned up to demand a rollback. Besides, the crackdown was justified by authorities saying that protesting boys were not students and property dealers. This story has been made up by the authorities,” said Nisar Khan, a photo journalist, who was on the spot taking photos of the protest.
Protest to resume
“But students didn’t take their words on face value and demanded a written statement. They fear that in a month time mess fee would be increased. In the last one year the fee from Rs 1100 was increased to Rs 2000. Each time the authorities give an excuse that food inflation is forcing them to increase the price. But now enough is enough. We will continue our hunger strike until the authorities don’t give in writing about the rollback,” said a student on the condition of anonymity.
A representative from JNU attended the protest and assured students that the union and university students will back their fight against mess fee hike. Some protesting students have even approached the winning NSUI candidates of DU for support.
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