Jamia Millia University to hold peace march

September 23rd, 2008 - 8:00 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) In the wake of the Sep 23 shootout in the Jamia Nagar neighbourhood and the arrest of two students, Mushirul Hasan, vice chancellor of the Jamia Millia University, will Wednesday talk to the students and lead a peace march the next day to express solidarity with the neighbourhood.In a press statement about the talk, which will be out of bounds for the media, the varsity officials said this interaction was necessary to clear things out between the student community and the head of the institution.

“There have been so many things happening over the past few days in the Jamia Nagar neighbourhood, including the arrest of two of the university’s students - Zia-ur-Rehman and Mohammad Shakeel - that a dialogue between the students and the vice chancellor is necessary,” Rakshanda Jalil, spokesperson of the varsity told IANS.

“On Thursday, the vice chancellor will lead a silent march, which will include the student community, the teachers and other staff, in an expression of solidarity with the Jamia Nagar neighbourhood. This is a difficult time for the university and this march is just a symbol of support for all the students who seem to have come under the radar of suspicion after the arrests,” Jalil added.

After a dramatic weekend when police shot dead two suspected militants in nearby Jamia Nagar Friday and arrested five - including two who are said to be students of the university - for suspected involvement in the recent bombings in Delhi and other cities, the mood in the university was sombre.

With a mandatory flashing of their identity cards made compulsory to enter the campus, the usual bustle has been missing from the campus.

The university officials have also decided to have a meeting of the academic council and the executive council Wednesday.

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