Published: 16th January 2020
Delhi Police manhandle anti-CAA protestors, snatch phone, detainees to be released soon
The students of Jamia and some civilians had started protesting at Turkman Gate at 3 pm on January 15 after they had decided to organise a sit-in late that night
Around 10 students and civilians protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 and alleged police excesses at the Jamia Millia Islamia on December 15 were forcibly detained and manhandled by the Delhi Police on Thursday from the Turkman Gate area, said sources. All detainees are at Rajinder Nagar Police Station and were treated well once they reached there. They have been offered food and are likely to be released by 4 pm.
The detained students were taken to Rajinder Nagar police station after being rerouted across the capital. The students alleged that their phones were snatched and the police have manhandled them. "All the detainees are at the Rajinder Nagar Police Station as of now. They have been given something to eat at the station and are likely to be released by 4 pm," said Advocate Tanvi Sharma, part of the legal aid team that rushed to the police stations. There were reports that around 30 students had been detained but Tanvi said that only 10 people have been detained and only a few among them are students. "There has been no confirmation about detainees being taken to any other police station. No detainee is at Srinivaspuri police station as well," she added.
The students of Jamia and some civilians had started protesting at Turkman Gate at 3 pm on January 15 and were there till around 7 am the next morning. "We had just left from the protest site when the police crackdown happened. In a matter of just 15 minutes. They took away phones from the students and protestors of all ages and then dragged them on to busses," said Ghulam Hasan, an ex-student of Jamia. "There were some students of Delhi University who perform nukkad nataks and some civilians as well who had come to protest in support of the cause," he added. The protestors were not taken to the police stations at once, said sources. They were allegedly taken around the city for a long time before bringing them to the Rajinder Nagar Police Station.