Anti-CAA protests: Jamia student Asif arrested

New Delhi: The Delhi Police’s crime branch has arrested a student of Jamia Millia Islamia in connection with the violence in the Jamia area during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act in December last year, officials said on Sunday.

The police said Asif Iqbal Tanha, a resident of Abul Fazal Enclave in Shaheen Bagh, is a member of the Students Islamic Organization and was part of the Jamia Coordination Committee which spearheaded protests against the new citizenship law.

“He has been arrested in connection with a case which was registered at Jamia police station on December 16, 2019 in connection with riots in the Jamia area in which he was named an accused,” a senior police officer said.

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Asif, 24, is a third-year student of BA in Persian language.

On December 15 last year, protesters allegedly torched four public buses and two police vehicles as they clashed with police in New Friends’ Colony near Jamia Millia Islamia during a demonstration against the amended Citizenship Act, leaving at least 40 people including students, policemen and fire fighters injured, officials had then said.

“Asif is a key member of the Jamia Coordination Committee and played an active role in organising protest and riots in Jamia in December 2019. He is a close associate of Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam, Meeran Haider and Safoora Zargar who had been key organisers of anti-CAA protests and subsequent riots,” the police officer said.

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Asif was remanded to judicial custody till May 31 by Saket court.

The Delhi Police arrested Tanha on Sunday and produced him before the court.

Violence broke out in consequence to the protest march organised by Jamia students against the Citizenship Amendment Act in New Friends Colony and Jamia area in December last year.

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