On 19 February, 10 Jamia Millia Islamia students were issued notice by the Delhi Police, asking them to appear before it for questioning, in connection with the anti-CAA protest and alleged police crackdown at the university on 15 December.
As per sources, a team of Delhi Police Crime Branch had visited the university on Wednesday and handed over the notices to the students. Some of the students, who have been summoned include those detained on the night of the incident, those identified through CCTV video clips that surfaced recently, and some of those suffering injuries on that day.
The university administration submitted to the Human Resource Development Ministry, an estimate of Rs 2.66 crore worth damage, caused to the property due to the alleged police action. The administration stated that the majority of damage happened to the libraries, where the students were studying, while the police bragged in without permission.
According to the sources, on Tuesday, some of the Crime Branch members team led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Rajesh Deo visited the campus and had an interaction with Mohammad Minhajuddin, a student who had lost vision in one of his eyes in the police action.
On 15 December last year, a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 near Jamia turned violent, with demonstrators pelting stones at police and setting public buses and private vehicles on fire. Reportedly, the police stormed inside the university campus to nab ‘outsiders’ who were involved in arson.
In a video that emerged on Sunday, paramilitary and police personnel can be seen thrashing students in the library of Jamia University. In another video, police personnel was seen raining batons on students who were trying to escape. Women students were seen moving out while pleading with the police and one of the policemen is seen breaking a CCTV camera.
Jamia students had denied that they were involved in the violence and had alleged police brutality. Meanwhile, the police claimed that they entered the university campus since rioters had taken shelter in the campus.