There were violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act on the campus in which more than 70 people, including students, AMU security staff and police personnel were injured. The university had to announce an extended winter holiday following the skirmishes.
The clashes, triggered by students of Jamia Millia Islamia against the amended citizenship law in Delhi, turned violent and police used batons and tear gas to disperse them. Several AMU students were charged with rioting and causing damage to heinous property.
On Wednesday, a group of student leaders along with university officials met Agra’s Additional Director General of Police Ajay Anand and demanded a review of the cases.
Student leaders said in a statement that several “innocent students” were booked on “flippant grounds”, as if their two-wheelers were parked inside the campus on the night of the violence. He said in a memorandum to the ADG that almost all of the students booked had “no criminal record” and pursuing cases based on “wild accusations” would harm their careers.
“We seek reinvestigation of the incident on December 15 in which a large number of students were injured and some students are facing charges. The charges should be re-imposed,” the memorandum said.
A spokesman for the student leaders said they fully cooperated with the authorities in February in restoring normalcy and reopening the university, as they were “assured by the authorities that all false cases will be withdrawn And action will be taken against those policemen who sustained serious injuries to at least half a dozen students who indulged in violence inside the hostels ”.
He said the ADG “assured the students” that he would come to Aligarh next week, meet AMU officials and students and take steps to address their concerns.
When contacted, AMU spokesman Omar Peerzada confirmed that some top officials of the university, led by registrar Abdul Hameed, met with the delegation and met the ADG.
He said the discussion was “fruitful”.
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