New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Jamia Millia Islamia University on Saturday announced vacation till January 5 and also cancelled the examinations scheduled to take place in due course of time. The University will now reopen on January 6, 2020.  

"All the exams postponed. New dates to be announced in due course of time. Vacation declared from December 16 to January 5. University will reopen on January 6, 2020", University officials said as reported by news agency ANI. 

The announcement from the varsity came after hundreds of its students on Friday protested against the contentious amended Citizenship Act. The students were stopped by the police who were marching towards the Parliament House from the University. It led to a clash between the police and the protesting students. 

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The students got into a scuffle with the Delhi police after which the police lathi-charged at the students raising slogans against the recently passed legislation. The police also threw tear gas on the students. Many students were rushed to the nearby hospitals after getting injured in the lathi-charge. 

 

The police also detained around 50 students of Jamia Millia Islamia University for protesting violently, however, the students were released by the police later in the night. Meanwhile, the students alleged that the police had lathi-charged at them, while the students were gathered there to demonstrate the peaceful protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act. 

The amended Citizenship Act seeks to provide the citizenship of India to the religiously persecuted minorities except for Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, who entered India before 31 December 2014 to become Indian citizens. The bill piloted by Union Home Minister Amit Shah was passed by the Lok Sabha on Monday, and on Wednesday it cleared its way in the Rajya Sabha to get the assent of the President on Thursday to become a law in the country.

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The contentious act triggered a series of violent protests in the northeastern states, with Assam being the worst hit. Three protesters have reportedly died in Assam after the police lathi-charged at them and shelled tear gas on the protesters. Curfews and mobile internet ban were also imposed in Meghalaya and Assam.

Posted By: Talib Khan