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Anti-CAA Protest: After Safoora, another Jamia student arrested

New Delhi: The Delhi Police’s crime branch has arrested a student of Jamia Millia Islamia in connection with the alleged 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 headed 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.

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

On December 15 last year, protesters 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,” the police officer said.

The Jamia student was produced before a metropolitan magistrate who remanded him in judicial custody till May 31, the police officer said. (With inputs from PTI)