A DAY after students of Jamia Millia Islamia alleged that Delhi Police had conducted “raids” in their hostels, the university administration Sunday wrote to the DCP (southeast) and asked him to take action against the “defaulting police personnel”. However, police denied having received any letter or complaint from the university.
While stating that police were not given permission to enter the premises, Jamia Vice-Chancellor Talat Ahmad said the officers did not enter any hostel and that “two to three students were unnecessarily making an issue”.
Jamia students have been protesting since Saturday afternoon, claiming that constables — some in plainclothes and others in uniform — entered the university and started taking videos and pictures of students. They have been demanding that the university make its position clear on whether it gave permission, and also launch a probe into how police was allowed to enter.
The university, in a statement said, “Taking exception to the plain-clothed Delhi Police personnel entering Jamia Millia Islamia premises without permission… Prof. Mehtab Alam, Chief Proctor, JMI, in his letter to the DCP South East urged him to identify the police personnel involved in the incident and take suitable action against them. He further said police staff should be advised to follow the instructions of the Chief Proctor on the university campus.”
However, DCP (southeast) MS Randhawa said, “I have not received any letter from the university. They might have given some memorandum but that too hasn’t reached me yet,” he said.
The DCP added that an inspector-level officer had visited the campus to meet an official of the university. “The inspector was on an official visit but he neither talked to any student nor touched any student. He just met the official and came back,” he said.
The university too said “no raid was conducted in the Hall of Residence for Boys by Delhi Police or Intelligence Bureau yesterday”.
Talking to The Indian Express over phone, the Vice-Chancellor seconded the statement.
“Police did not enter any hostel. They only entered the area within the campus which is open to all; for which you don’t need any permission. How can we stop them from going there? But two-three students, who want to be leaders, are unnecessarily creating an issue. The university wrote to police because something had to be done in response to the students’ demands. I will… assess the situation,” he said.
Earlier in the day, the administration had issued an “appeal to Jamia students” to “maintain calm” and “work constructively to protect the image” of the university. The appeal began by “informing” students that no raid was conducted, while also maintaining that police personnel had entered the premises without the chief proctor’s permission.
The students have asked Jamia to take a clearer position and lodge an FIR in the matter. However, Jamia Chief Proctor Mehtab Alam called the demand “irrational”.
“They (police personnel) apologised several times when I asked them how they had entered. Ultimately, they didn’t do anything wrong; they didn’t disturb any student. In fact, they weren’t even armed, so on what basis do we lodge an FIR? We’re trying to talk to the hostellers and defuse the matter before Independence Day celebrations,” he said.