New Delhi: Coming in support of the Jamia Millia Islamia and the Aligarh Muslim University students, the three prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology have also joined the chorus. Students from the three IITs have shown solidarity with the students protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019.
The premiere institutions like IIT Kanpur, IIT Madras and IIT Bombay are not the regular ones to join the protests and usually stay away from these activities but somehow the agitation in the Universities nationwide had sparked anger in the IITians as well.
IITians are agitated with police forces manhandling the students and have called for different ways to show their anger. IIT Kanpur students have called for a campus-wide march on Tuesday while IIT Madras has announced a rally and protest at the Gajendra Circle inside the campus while IIT Bombay have already started protesting against the issue since Sunday night.
Students are of the opinion that students community is under huge jeopardy and if it is not checked now it won't get better ever. A statement about the protest issued from the IIT Kanpur said, "They struck down the students' retaliation at Jadavpur University. We didn't respond. They hiked the MTech fee, we didn't respond. Manhandled the student protesters at JNU, we didn't respond. And now its JMI and AMU. Our commitment towards the students' community is under huge jeopardy if we don't respond now. Therefore let's come together for a campus wide march in solidarity with students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University."
What the Police said:
The Delhi Police has sent an initial report to the Ministry of Home Affairs stating that not a single bullet has been fired on the protestors. The report on the Jamia violence said, "No bullets were fired from Delhi Police during Jamia protest. All 10 persons detained have criminal background and more anti-social elements are being tracked.
The Supreme Court, however, has assured that it will hear the matter pertaining to violence with the Jamia and AMU students. Senior advocate Indira Jaising on Monday urged Chief Justice SA Bobde to take suo motu cognizance of police action against the students to which the bench said it will take up the suo motu cognizance matter on Tuesday, but warned that protests, violence and destruction of public properties cannot continue further.