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CAB protests in Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia turns into war zone

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​CAB protests in Jamia Millia Islamia University
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​CAB protests in Jamia Millia Islamia University

The Jamia Millia Islamia University turned into a battlefield on Friday after police and students, who wanted to march to Parliament House to protest the amended Citizenship Act, clashed with each other prompting the local AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan to reach the spot to take stock of the situation.

Forty-two students were detained following a clash between police and students after the protestors were stopped at the varsity gate and prevented from carrying out their march.

In pic: Students of Jamia Millia Islamia University stage a protest against the passing of Citizenship Amendment Bill in New Delhi.

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​Protests turned violent
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​Protests turned violent

Police said they had to resort to use of tear gas as the protesters broke barricades and indulged in stone-pelting.

The students, who were baton-charged by police personnel, alleged that the police also used tear gas to quell their march. Some students also pelted stones from inside the university, prompting police to enter the varsity and baton-charge them.

However, the protestors alleged that police pelted stones first and they threw stones in response.

In pic: Students throw stones outside Jamia Millia Islamia University during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill in New Delhi.

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​What had happened?
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​What had happened?

The protesters, numbering around 1,000, started their march from gate number 7 of the varsity towards Sukhdev Vihar metro station, raising slogans like 'NHRC Haaye Haaye', 'CAB waapis lo', 'BJP hai hai' and 'Inquilab Zindabad'.

The students also carried a blackened effigy of Home Minister Amit Shah and banners of 'Save Constitution', 'CAB will kill India'.

Police had placed barricades near gate number 1 of the varsity and the students climbed over the barricades and tried to march ahead. However, they were stopped by police.

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​Police caning the protestors
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​Police caning the protestors

While the student retreated for some distance, they returned, and stones flew towards the police personnel from both sides of the road and even from inside the gates of the varsity.

As the protests turned violent, police also used tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Videos circulated by students on social media showed police caning the protestors.

In pic: Students of Jamia Millia Islamia University clash with the police.

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