Jamia students allege manhandling by police

Students of Jamia Milia Islamia, on an indefintie hunger strike, today alleged that they were manhandled by the police that was called in by the varsity administration.

Last Updated: May 08, 2011, 21:50 PM IST

New Delhi: Students of Jamia Milia Islamia, on an indefintie hunger strike, today alleged that they were manhandled by the police that was called in by the
varsity administration.

The University, however, said it had only informed the
police about the presence of a student who carries a campus
ban and was seen at the University.

The group of 17 students from the mass communication
department was debarred from writing exams on grounds of short
attendance, and are on hunger strike since yesterday.

They said they were being denied the 15 percent
relaxation in attendance on medical grounds that is provided
for in the University.

The students and their supporters who are protesting
in front of the Vice Chancellor`s office said the security
guards of the University called in the police who manhandled
the students and also the mother of a student.

"We were trying to put up a bed sheet as a cover from
the scorching sun, but as we were doing this the security
guards called in the University bulls who in turn called the
police," said Arpita, a supporter of the 17 students.

She claimed the police personnel "manhandled" and
"slapped" the students and also "assualted" the mother of one
of the fasting students.

"They also took away and detained five students who
were released after being questioned for two and a half
hours," she alleged.

The Jamia Station House Officer could not be contacted
but the University said the police was not called in to remove
the protesters.

Jamia Milia spokesperson Simi Malhotra said as far as
University is concerned "our security guards were not involved
in any kind of violence".

"The University Proctor informed the police about a
former student named Kamal Ashraf against whom there was a
campus ban in some disciplinary case," she said.

"We informed the police because he had appeared on the
campus. There is no question of any kind of violence from the
University`s side," she said.

The students had earlier moved the High Court against
being denied hall tickets but their petitions were dismissed.

The spokesperson said the students had themselves
moved the High Court and now it is binding on the University
to follow the court`s directions.

"The University is a subsidiary body, High Court is a
migh higher authority and it is binding on the University to
follow the High Court order," she said.

The students had said that it was discriminatory on
the part of their department to not allow them to appear in
the exam even when students of other departments have availed
of the 15 percent relaxation rule on medical grounds.

"We have got no response from the administration so
far, and we will continue the hunger strike until we are heard
and get a positive response from the University," said Nabila
Zaidi, one of the agitating students.

PTI