Jamia Millia Islamia students staged a protest on the university campus Saturday, alleging that Delhi Police had conducted “raids” and “surprise checks” at their hostels. Police, however, maintained their personnel had gone to meet the proctor and dismissed the allegations of the students.
Proctor Mehtab Alam said police did not have permission to enter the campus. “Police were told not go inside gate number 4, but they still entered. I got to know this had happened when a student called me. The students were feeling threatened because they thought there would be a raid, but there was nothing like that. The police had apparently told the students they had permission, which was not true. In fact, when I asked them later how they had entered, they apologised profusely,” said Alam.
A student said the police personnel were seen on the campus around 3.30 pm. He said, “We saw some commotion near the Allama Iqbal Hostel for boys and realised police were taking videos and photos of the hostel residents. When they proceeded to other hostels, we started following them. But the provost came and stopped us. How can the police just enter the campus and videograph and photograph students?”
Mandeep Singh Randhawa, DCP (south east), however, said, “The beat staff had gone to meet the proctor. There was no confusion. We did not conduct any raid and neither did anyone videograph in the hostels. All allegations are false.”
Hundreds of students gathered outside the vice-chancellor’s office, demanding a “fair inquiry” into the matter. “The provost and proctor should make it public that they did not give permission and launch an inquiry into how police entered without permission,” said a girls’ hostel resident.