Delhi: Jamia students protest against police raids

Last Updated: Monday, February 20, 2012 - 20:38

New Delhi: A group of teachers and students
of Jamia Millia University on Monday staged a protest outside Delhi Police Headquarters here alleging that regular raids in the locality have created a reign of terror among residents.

"There are regular police raids in the area which have
created an environment of threat among the residents," said
Manisha Sethi President of Jamia Teachers` Solidarity
Association.

Raising questions on the recent raid in Jamia Nagar
conducted by Bangladeshi Cell of South District police, Sethi
alleged, "Jamia Nagar has been turned into a hunting ground.
In the Wednesday raid, police took away people even after they
produced their voter ID cards.

"Whether its auto-theft or illegal migrants, police turns
to Jamia Nagar", Sethi alleged.

The association said that the threat perception created
by such regular raids have affected the students and
residents.

"Students feel threatened to even live in this area. Once
you are arrested, the stigma remains for life, even if the
court acquits you. It has happened in so many cases," claimed
Mona Das, a Delhi University Political Sciences Professor.

On Feb 15, eight persons were detained during an overnight
raid to locate illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in south-east
Delhi, but were let off after it emerged that they were Indian
nationals.

Eight policemen were suspended for conducting raids
without informing the local police.

PTI



First Published: Monday, February 20, 2012 - 20:38

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