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‘This is tyranny’: Priyanka Gandhi condemns police crackdown on Jamia students

The police entered the college allegedly without permission and dragged students out of the library. The students also allege that they were asked to leave the campus with their hands raised.

india Updated: Dec 16, 2019 18:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi at a dharna in India Gate. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/HT)
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi at a dharna in India Gate. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/HT)
         

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi on Monday evening stepped up the attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said the crackdown on students at Jamia Milia Islamia university in Delhi was an “attack on the soul of India”.

“Government has given a blow to the Constitution. It’s an attack on the soul of the nation, youth is the soul of the nation. It’s their right to protest,” said Gandhi.

The Congress leader, who suddenly appeared at India Gate at 4m sat there for over two hours, termed the police action on Jamia campus as “tyranny”. The police entered the college allegedly without permission and dragged students out of the library. The students also allege that they were asked to leave the campus with their hands raised.

“...I’m a mother too. You entered into their library, dragged them out and thrashed them up. This is tyranny,” said the Congress leader.

Jamia crackdown: Priyanka Gandhi leads Congress protest at India Gate 

In a tweet late on Sunday night after the violence, she had said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have to listen to the voice of the youth sooner than later as his government was trying to suppress their voice and courage with its “hollow dictatorship”.

“Students are being beaten by sneaking into universities of the country. At a time when the government should listen to the people, the BJP government that time is making its presence felt in the North East, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi through oppression of students and journalists. This government is coward,” the Congress general secretary said, using the hashtag “Shame”.

Violence erupted during a demonstration by Jamia students against the new citizenship law on Sunday. The protesters torched four buses and two police vehicles as they clashed with cops in New Friends Colony, near the university, leaving nearly 60 people including students, cops and fire fighters injured.

Police used batons and teargas shells to disperse the violent mob, but denied firing at them.

Following the arson on roads, police entered the Jamia university campus, where tension prevailed as several people were detained for alleged involvement in the violence. The students claimed that the police fired tear gas inside the university’s library and beat up protesters before sealing all campus gates.

As many as 50 students were detained, which led to protest outside the Delhi Police headquarters on Sunday night. These protesters were released around 3.30am on Monday.