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Jamia violence: 10 arrested in connection with violence and arson

“Out of the 10 arrested, three are bad characters of the area. They were identified and put under arrest,” said a senior police officer, adding that none of them are Jamia students.

He also said raids are being carried out in various parts of Delhi”s south east districts to nab those who indulged in violence during protests.

Delhi Police has registered two separate cases against unknown people for arson and rioting on Monday.

On Sunday, protesters had torched four public buses and two police vehicles as they clashed with the police in New Friends Colony during a demonstration against the Citizenship Act, leaving nearly 60 people including students, police and fire fighters injured. The force, thereafter, used batons and teargas shells to disperse the violent mob and entered the Jamia university campus.

Jamia authorities and students claimed they had nothing to do with the violence and arson during the protest and alleged that “certain elements” had joined in and disrupted the peaceful march.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police has released a video of 15th December where Joint Commissioner of Police is making appeal to Jamia students to stay calm and stop pelting stones. 

Additional DCP (South East) Kumar Gyanesh has given an eye witness account of what happened at Jamia. He said that some protesters were carrying wet blankets & putting them on tear gas shells to minimize their impact. He added that investigation is underway to know if the entire incident was spontaneous or well planned.

Appealing to the students protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that students have the right to protest but should not believe in rumors spread by the opposition parties for their own benefits.

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