The 10-day long agitations at Jamia Millia Islamia University met an end as the proctor agreed to the demands of the students and agreed to keep Israel out of university premises. The university has also revoked the disciplinary action against five students who had taken part in the protest.
“On the 10th day of protest close to a thousand students attended the strike. The proctor, Waseem Ahmad Khan finally met the students, took their statements and have agreed to all our demands,” said Shaheen Abdulla who pursues his masters from the university.
The protest was organised against the Israeli participation in an international conference titled ‘Global Health Zenith Confluence ’19’ organized by the Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics which was scheduled on 5th and 6th October in Jamia Millia Islamia.
“The university authorities had sent show-cause notices to five of the protesting students. Against this, the students had marched to the VC’s office,” says Sreekanth Sivadasan, a student of Jamis.
The situation turned violent as the students were manhandled by a group which entered the university from outside.
“The security officials though present at the protest-site did not take any action against the goons instead made way for them as they were leaving,” alleges Shaheen.
“The gang attacked the students violently. Female students were attacked, dragged and physically assaulted using belts. They have used flower pots and sticks too. I was one among the attacked. They used belts to hit us and dragged through. At the same time security guards of the campus who are responsible for the security check stood as idols,” wrote Ladeeda, a student of Jamia on Facebook.
Following this, the protest intensified.
However, the strike was called off on the 10th day as all the four demands kept by the students were accepted by the authorities.
Demands of students and pointwise resolutions
1) In this regard, police have already received the complaint and initiated legal action. We have just received the complaint against the alleged persons in assault students on the eve of 22nd October and we assure strict action against the alleged persons.
2) We have received the statement of the five Students accordingly we will withdraw the showcase notice issued to the students.
3) We will not take any disciplinary ‘legal academic’ action against the protesting students who participated in the protest since 5th October 2019 till today
4) In this regard, we assure that Israeli delegate participation in any program won’t be allowed.
RJD MP Manoj Jha had tweeted in support of students while Congress MP T.N. Prathapan met the protesters to express solidarity. Numerous others including activist Umar Khalid, Fathima Nafees, the mother of Najeeb Ahmad had expressed their solidarity to the students of Jamia.