India: Today, all schools in South East Delhi remain closed after clashes outside Jamia Millia Islamia
Both governments and private schools in the region of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) University in South East Delhi will remain closed on Monday in view of the recent tumultuous state of affairs in the wake of violent protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
Delhi Deputy director Minister Manish Sisodia posted from his official Twitter account on Sunday, stating, “Both government and private schools in the Okhla, Jamia, New Friends Colony, Madanpur Khadar district of southeast Delhi will be closed tomorrow. In view of the current scenario, the Delhi government has decided to hold the schools closed.”
Schools near Okhla, Jamia, New Friends Colony, Madanpur Khadar will be shut down. Parents and students are asked not to educate their children today.
In the meantime, the Delhi Traffic Police have closed down the traffic from Sarita Vihar to Kalindi Kunj on Road No. 13A. They told the drivers on their way from Noida to Delhi to take Mathura Street, Ashram and DND, and those arriving from Badarpur to take Ashram Chowk.
Entry, the exit gates of more than 15 Delhi Metro stations are locked after protests on Sunday. Which included Delhi Gate, Pragati Maidan, ITO, IIT, GTB Nagar, Shivaji Stadium, Vasant Vihar, Munirka, RK Puram, Sukhdev Vihar, Jamia Millia Islamia, Okhla Vihar, and Jasola Vihar.
On Monday morning, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) announced the opening of the entrance and exit doors at all stations. Normal operations have resumed at all stations.
On Sunday, JMI University announced winter vacations after the exams had been postponed. The college will remain closed until 5 January. Winter family holidays were declared in the midst of a large protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act. As scheduled, the University will remain closed on 16 December and will be open on 6 January 2020.
All of the detained students at Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMI) was released from both the Kalkaji and New Friends Colony Police Stations, the Delhi Police said in a statement on Monday. Students from JMI and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) staged a Sunday-long rally at the Delhi Police station, ITO, to condemn the suspected violence of police personnel at the JMI premises on Sunday.
Earlier this Friday, learners of Jamia Millia Islamia fought with the policemen as the police used force to break up the rally near the university.
Video clips on Twitter captured demonstrators peeling rocks at busses and in the path of the police. The firefighting squad who came to douse the fire was also threatened by the protestors. Demonstrations are conducted in protest against the recently adopted Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
The goal of the Citizenship Act is to provide Indian citizenship for Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsians from Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residency in India instead of the existing mandatory stay of 11 years, even if they do not have a passport. Some opponents have suggested that the act deliberately discriminates against Muslims, a statement that has been denied by the central government.