‘Surprise Raids’ by Police Anger Jamia Millia Islamia Students

A file photo of the Jamia Millia Islamia campus.Credit: Wikimedia Commons

A file photo of the Jamia Millia Islamia campus.Credit: Wikimedia Commons

New Delhi: Scores of Jamia Millia Islamia students staged a protest on campus Saturday night alleging that “surprise checks” were made by Delhi Police in their hostels.

While the students described them as “raids”, police officials maintained that they were part of “routine checks” being conducted in that area ahead of Independence Day.

“This is a breach of students’ constitutional rights. What is the fear of security from students that they are conducting raids in hostels,” a protesting student said.

The students gheraoed the chief proctor Mehtab Alam’s office and shouted slogans against him for allegedly allowing the police on campus.

Jamia officials maintained that the police authorities visited the campus for “routine verification.”

In a statement mailed to The Wire, Jamia students wanted to know why their university had been singled out for such “surprise raids” .

“The students link this incident with the larger attacks by … this government and its various institutions upon universities and students,” they said, adding that Jamia has been “a target of this government and the party in power” because of being a minority institution. “Why does only Jamia come under the scanner? Why don’t we see such “surprise raids” in the premises of Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Ambedkar University and scores of private institutions located in the NCR region? What makes Jamia, its hostel and students so suspicious that the Delhi police needs to intrude into thitse premises without taking prior permission?”

The Jamia students’ press release claimed that the university proctor and provost came and assured the students that they were writing a letter to the DCP, Delhi police “urging him to take cognisance of the matter and inquire into it.”

(With inputs from PTI)