After hundreds of students’ gathered outside the main campus of Jamia Millia Islamia, protesting against the alleged raids by intelligence agencies inside the hostel premises, in the wake of Independence Day celebration.
Not only did the agitating students raise slogans against Delhi police and university administration but also vented their ire against the English news channel Times Now, asking its correspondent and cameraman to leave.
Explaining the reason for their protest against the news channel and its anchor Arnab Goswami, the protesters accused the channel of manipulating facts on countless occasions alleging that its celebrated anchor Arnab Goswami was campaigning for a particular political outfit.
The students told this journalist present at the spot that they wanted only those media outfits which are neutral in reporting and not those who are hell bent on maligning the name of this prestigious institution over and again. While the Times Now, cameraman was shooting the protest, students raised slogans such as, “Times Now Go Back, “Shame on Times Now for Calling Our Alumni a Cover for IM”.
It worth noting that this journalist who also happens to be an Alumni of Jamia Millia Islamia was branded as a cover for terror outfit, Indian Mujahiddeen on 23rd May this year, after which there was widespread protest on social media by students, academicians and journalists alike.
A Student who did not wish to be identified said, “We do not want channels like Times Now and Zee News to come and cover these protests, because we know that they will brush aside every norm of neutrality and objectivity while reporting and present the University in a bad light. This protest against the News Channel is also is solidarity with our Alumni who was branded as a cover for Indian Mujhahideen by its celebrated anchor.”
The protests against the channel and the decision to boycott the Prime Time debate by reputed scholars, politicians and activists have already marked a dent on the credibility of the channel.
Insiders in the Times group also told this reporter that the Times management is not happy with the way Arnab Goswami is dealing with guests on his shows. In the meanwhile, Students of the University have continued to carry on their protest against the administration and Delhi Police until there is some clarification coming from the vice chancellor of the University.
It is note here that students have been protesting since yesterday against an alleged raid in the university hostel by officials of the special cell of Delhi police and intelligence agencies.
The protesters have been saying that this form of raid inside a university premises is a direct attack on their privacy and democratic rights guaranteed by the constitution of India.
On the other hand, the University administration have denied any such raid being carried out by the police or intelligence agencies.
Mehtab Alam, the proctor of the University while talking to this journalist said, “It is plain rumor mongering, no raid of that sort was carried out by the police or intelligence agencies, it was routine checkup by the hostel authorities, which takes place generally before Independence day and Republic day.”
However, contrary to this, PTI reported that university administration acknowledged that there was a routine checkup by police.