Heavy police deployed outside MANUU campus amidst CAA protests

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  • Monday’s exams deferred; MBT backs students

Hyderabad: As students of all major universities have come out in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), students of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) have also risen up in protest.

Condemning the police crackdown on Jamia Milia students, MANUU students called for a boycott of exams, following which, the controller of examinations postponed exams scheduled for Monday.

Union representatives are surprised at the amount of force deployed outside the campus. “We just want to protest peacefully, against the Act and the police violence on Jamia students. But seeing the police outside, we don’t feel safe,” said students union president Umer Farouk, said here on Monday.

Majlis Bachao Tehreek (MBT) spokesperson Amjedullah Khan addressed MANUU students and termed the police violence as a pre-planned move. He expressed solidarity with the protesting students.

Chennai college students join anti-CAA protests

The protests against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) that peaked at Jamia Milia University is finding its echo across the nation with students from Chennai also joining the stir.

Several educational institutions in the city saw students take to the streets carrying placards and banners demanding the Centre to forthwith withdraw the controversial move. Students from New College, Loyola and Nanadanam came out of their classrooms and gathered in front of their institutions raising slogans. Similar scenes were witnessed at IIT Madras in the afternoon.

According to a protestor, ‘CAA is unfair and divisive. We stand united irrespective of caste, creed and colour’.
Echoing similar sentiment, another student said ‘When political parties remain tight-lipped for whatever reasons, it is the duty of every youth to come together on a single platform and show our opposition to the draconian law’.

Speaking to this correspondent, a senior police officer, says ‘All precautionary measures have been taken and we are keeping a check on the developments in Chennai. A situation like Jamia will not arise here’. Meanwhile, Makkal Needhi Maiyam (MNM) on Monday filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking a stay on imposition of the Citizenship Amendment Act. The Kamal Haasan-led party contends that CAA is against the welfare of the people in general. After Rajya Sabha passed the Bill on Wednesday, violence erupted across North Eastern States and has led to deaths.

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

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