After years of long legal battle, Jamia Millia Islamia was able to wrest its land from illegal occupation after decades on Tuesday.
However, on its way to accomplish its task the university decided to build its boundary 12 metre from the road after demand for it was mounted from selected locals.
By doing so Jamia carried further its old tradition of serving the neighbourhood first.
It is understood that once the land was occupied some AAP leaders started mounting pressure on the authorities to build boundary by leaving more land so as road could be broadened.
Things took such a turn that on Tuesday the varsity had to stop its plan to build the boundary wall.
The “unwanted” demand left many residents aghast. They asked where were they (those demanded for the land) all these years when not only the land was illegally occupied but encroachment had spilled over the road, creating traffic snarl?
Even on Tuesday, Jamia had showed enough magnanimity by constructing boundary by leaving 9 metre form the road. It is another story that despite this the demand was raised.
A meeting in this regard too was held in the morning on the campus between those who demanded more land for broadening the road and officials yielding positive results.
Some residents appreciated Jamia’s move accepting the fact that how for years the varsity has served its neighbourhood well and the community.
But a few lamented to political interference in university matters requesting not to be quoted fearing retribution.