Deadly protests erupt across Indian universities over brutalities on students in Delhi Jamia Milia Islamia

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Deadly protests erupt across Indian universities over brutalities on students in Delhi Jamia Milia Islamia

ISLAMABAD - Protests by students and others have erupted in many universities across India, in support of their counterparts at Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia after Sunday evening violence.

Police fired teargas shells and beat students inside the campus of Jamia -- a central university -- after students were protesting against the new citizenship law, granting citizenship to non-Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

Critics say the law discriminates against Muslims and is against secular principles of the constitution.

Jamia Millia Islamia, -- located in southeast Delhi and founded by Dr. Mukhtar Ansari a century ago, soon after he returned India after leading a medical mission to treat wounded Turkish soldiers in the First Balkan War – witnessed widespread violence on Sunday evening.

By midnight, protests also spread to other Indian cities like Hyderabad, Varanasi, Kolkata, Puducherry, Lucknow and Mumbai, as students raised their voices against the alleged brutal police assault on Jamia students, local outlet news18 reported.

The violence has left more than 125 students of the premier central university injured, the report said.

In Delhi, thousands of people gathered outside the Delhi Police headquarters and shouted police “sharam karo (have shame),” after a protest call by the Jawaharlal Nehru University students, it added.

A group of students on Monday stood shirtless in the bone-chilling cold outside the Jamia gates to protest against the police action.

Vice Chancellor Najma Akhtar and Chief Proctor Waseem Ahmed Khan confirmed that the police had entered into the campus, without their permission.