Protesting Jamia Millia Islamia students make 3 demands.
Some students of Jamia Millia Islamia have continued their protest peacefully and slept on the campus ground in front of the Ghalib statue at gate 7 with a few security guards also seen around.
After picketing outside the Proctor’s office for sometime in protest on Thursday, the students left and assembled on the campus to lay strategies how to carry forward their peaceful agitation against the alleged “excessive use of force” by the security guards outside central canteen that they are claiming.
A student from DISSC, who was also present on the spot (central canteen) where the student body had called for a cultural programme on Thursday, said on the condition of anonymity that the guards attacked the students and manhandled the female students.
“Guards and proctorial staff … 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 the students demand resignation of the chief proctor,” wrote one student.
When asked which group has issued this statement, the student said on the condition of anonymity that it has been issued by the student community.
Students fear that s/he could be targeted later on for directly talking to the media on the issue hence students are sharing information on the condition that their names are not revealed in the report.
However, a senior university official, not authorised to talk to the media, dismissing the students’ claim said actually the security guards were at the receiving end.
A video is doing the rounds on the social media of the event.
Till the writing of the report on Friday morning, official version of the event could not be found on university’s official Facebook page or its website.
The three demands that the students have made to end their peaceful strike are: “Gherao V-C Office demanding resignation of the Proctor, immediate action against the guards who abused students and apology letter from the administration.”
It is understood that student are getting ready to picket outside the VC office after the Friday prayer at 2:30 pm on the campus.