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Jamia erupts again

india Updated: Jul 20, 2006 01:43 IST

University shut down indefinitely after protesting students go on rampage

FOLLOWING TUESDAY'S on-campus violence, Jamia Millia Islamia University was closed down sine die by the authorities on Wednesday. Police and Rapid Action Force personnel swamped the varsity in one of the heaviest deployments since the hostel raids of April 2000. (The university had, however, remained open then.)

On Tuesday, students went on the rampage and damaged some offices and several vehicles.

The students said this was after they were beaten in the presence of vice-chancellor Mushirul Hasan. The V-C denied this.

After Wednesday's decision, students gathered at the university, burnt effigies of Hasan and demanded the ouster of proctor Rocket Ibrahim. "What happened on Tuesday wasn't reason enough to shut down the university. We'll not vacate the hostels; we'll start a hunger strike against police inaction over the attack on Shams Pervez and two other students," said Satyaprakash Mishra, member of Jamia Students' Unity, a body formed after Tuesday's incident.