Jamia, JNU students protest outside CM Kejriwal’s residence, Police use water cannons to disperse them

Demanding action against violence in northeast Delhi, Jamia students protest outside Arvind Kejriwal's residence

Few of the students were also detained and taken to Civil Lines police station but were later released. No case has been registered against students, said the police. (File)

The students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) staged a protest outside the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday to demand his action against the communal violence in northeast Delhi. In order to disperse the students, the Delhi Police used water cannons early Wednesday morning.

Over 100 students had gathered outside Kejriwal's house at 11:30 pm Tuesday. The students were asking to meet him to submit their demands and to urge him to take action against people who instigated the riots in northeast Delhi.

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Monika Bharadwaj, DCP (North) said, "The students didn't seek permission from the police for the protest. We requested them to leave and protest at Vikas Bhawan. But they didn't listen to us. Around 3:30 am, we used water cannons to disperse the crowd. The students left after some time."

Few of the students were also detained and taken to Civil Lines police station but were later released. No case has been registered against students, said the police

The call to gherao the chief minister's residence post midnight was given by Jamia Coordination Committee, which comprises students and alumni from the varsity.

Meanwhile, as death toll due to violence in parts of northeast Delhi reached 20, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said the services of the Indian Army should be pressed in to bring the situation under control. Adding that the situation in the capital in “alarming,” the chief minister said that he is writing to Home Minister Amit Shah asking that the Army be called in.