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Jamia student says lost sight in one eye

The student from Bihar’s Samastipur alleged he was studying inside the ibn-e-sina block of the library Sunday when “20-25 police personnel stormed in and rained lathis on students”.

Written by Aban Usmani | New Delhi | Updated: December 18, 2019 2:42:13 am
Jamia student says lost sight in one eye Minhajuddin said he was in library before police action

Minhajuddin (26), a final-year LLM student at Jamia Millia Islamia, has alleged he lost sight in one eye after being injured during the police action on campus Sunday.

The student from Bihar’s Samastipur alleged he was studying inside the ibn-e-sina block of the library Sunday when “20-25 police personnel stormed in and rained lathis on students”. He said he was injured in the chaos.

“Everyone ran for cover and I hid in the washroom afterwards,” he said. A video of him leaning against the wall with a handkerchief partially covering his face has since been widely circulated. He was helped by another student to move to the hostel behind the library after some time as he “was feeling too weak to escape the spot alone”.

Students at the hostel arranged for an ambulance and called his friends and local guardian to reach Alshifa hospital 2 km away, from where he was referred to AIIMS.

He said he “plans to take legal measures for this loss”.

While the trauma centre did not respond to the incident, a senior ophthalmologist who has seen Minhajuddin’s medical report said that at present, there is no vision in the left eye.

“But if that is due to corneal rupture, which is yet to be operated on, the situation will have to be monitored in the coming days. It will depend on his next visit when the swelling decreases and pain subsides,” the doctor said.

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