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New Delhi, February 10, 2020
Hours after a stand-off between Jamia protesters and police continued near Holy Family Hospital here on Monday, the Joint Commissioner of Police for southern range addressed the protesters and requested them to call off the protest but they refused.
"The protest event that you were supposed to attend is now over. There is no point in standing here. Return back to your university now," the Joint CP (southern range) Devesh Chandra Srivastava told them.
He appealed to the student protesters to offer their evening prayers on the road, followed by the national anthem and return back to the campus.
"I would request you it's time for your evening prayers, please offer your prayers then we will have national anthem before you proceed back to campus," Srivastava said.
"It is dark now, some miscreants might enter in your protest and create ruckus, better you call it off now," Srivastava added.
The protesters though remained unmoved by the request, as they continued raising anti-CAA and anti-police slogans.
The protest march to Parliament called by the Jamia Coordination Committee was blocked by Delhi Police after the protesters were stopped near Holy Family Hospital which is walking distance from Jamia Millia Islamia.
Owing to ongoing stand-off, the gates of nearby metro station -- Sukhdev Vihar -- were closed by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) along with heavy security deployment.
The closure of the gates came after, despite requests by Jamia professors, management and the police, the protesters continued their stand-off with the security forces in a bid to march to the Parliament.
The protesters have been demanding that the security forces must be sent back, the way towards the Parliament be opened for the protesters and the detained students freed.