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Maharashtra students support Jamia, AMU colleagues

Mumbai

16-December-2019

Students of the University of Mumbai, the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B), the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), and political parties and social organisations staged protests on Monday to express solidarity with students of the Jamia Millia Islamia whose campus witnessed violence on Sunday.

The IIT-B students, including many girls, carried torches, banners and posters saying "In Solidarity With Jamia" and silently marched around their campuses peacefully, late on Sunday.

On Monday, some IIT-B students took to social media how they undertook the silent protest despite reportedly being refused permission by the IIT-B authorities.

TISS students, including many women, also took out a procession on Monday and boycotted their lectures to condemn the "brutal violence" against the students in JMI, AMU and the people of the northeastern states.

At the Mumbai University's Kalina campus, hundreds of students, led by the Chhatra Bharati, also supported the JMI and AMU students and vehemently opposed the CAA/NRC laws.

The Maharashtra Congress, led by its President and Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat staged a protest outside the Gandhi statue in Variety Chowk, Nagpur, this evening and condemned the brutal police action against the JMI/AMU students.

Joined by former CM Ashok Chavan and other leaders and activists, they raised slogans against the Centre, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah slamming them for the unprovoked violence against the innocent students in the JMI/AMU campuses.

Impromptu protests by groups of citizens, social organisations and civil society members were reported from Pune, Kolhapur and other towns to express solidarity with the JMI/AMU students.

Sunday night's incidents in JMI/AMU have triggered hot debates among the students in different Central and state universities across the country, besides triggering various forms of protests.IANS