New Delhi, February 16, 2020:
A CCTV footage released by Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC), a group comprising students and alumni of Jamia Millia Islamia University, has revealed the brutality of Delhi cops meted out to students studying at Jamia’s Old Reading Hall on the evening of December 15 last year.
The CCTV clip shows Delhi cops entering the hall wearing riot gear and beating up students who were studying. It shows the cops entering and hitting students of Jamia with batons until they leave the hall.
JCC, in a statement, said, “The CCTV footage shows the brutal act of police forces and how the state-sponsored terrorists are playing the game of brutality on the students of Jamia who were preparing for their examination inside the Old Reading Hall of Library.”
It may be mentioned here that on December 15, 2019, a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA near Jamia had turned violent. The protesters pelted stones at police and had set public buses and private vehicles on fire.
Delhi Police had earlier denied any such attack on students inside the Hall. The video has taken the internet by storm and netizens have shared it across on their feed condemning Delhi Police for their action during the Anti-CAA protests.
JCC, sharing the video on its Twitter handle, wrote, “Exclusive CCTV Footage of Police Brutality in Old Reading Hall, First floor-M.A/M.Phill Section on 15/12/2019 Shame on you @DelhiPolice.”
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, reacting to the video, said, “See how the Delhi Police is indiscriminately beating up pupils who are studying. A boy is showing his book but the policeman is hitting him with lathis. The Home Minister and Delhi Police officials lied that they had not beaten anyone by entering the library.” (देखिए कैसे दिल्ली पुलिस पढ़ने वाले छात्रों को अंधाधुंध पीट रही है। एक लड़का किताब दिखा रहा है लेकिन पुलिस वाला लाठियां चलाए जा रहा है। गृह मंत्री और दिल्ली पुलिस के अधिकारियों ने झूठ बोला कि उन्होंने लाइब्रेरी में घुस कर किसी को नहीं पीटा|)
JNU’s Umar Khalid wrote, “Delhi Police showing their ‘bravery’ by beating up students studying inside Jamia library. Two months later, CCTV footage of the Night of Terror in Jamia is out. A student lost his eye because of such police brutality on 15th December Question still remains, at whose orders?”
Delhi Police responded to the video by informing that the case had been transferred to the Crime Branch and that the video is being probed.
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