Two months after the alleged police brutality inside Jamia campus, another CCTV footage has emerged showing policemen beating up students.
On December 15, a protest against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) turned violent after protesters allegedly pelted stones at the police and set public buses on fire. Later, there were allegations that the police entered the college library and beat up the students, who weren’t protesting.
On Saturday, another such video was released by the Jamia students. The 44-second video showed policemen wearing anti-riot gear, entering the library. There were around 10-20 students inside as cops thrashed the students with batons and pushed them outside the hall.
While sharing the video clipping on Twitter, the Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC) claimed that the incident took place on the first floor of MA, MPhil section inside Old Reading Hall on December 15. The tweet also said, “Shame on you Delhi Police.”
Although Jamia authorities confirmed that the video was from inside the library, they said it was not released by the university.
“It has come to our notice that some video with regard to police brutality in Dr Zakir Husain Library of the Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) is in circulation. This is to clarify that the video has not been released by the university,” Ahmad Azeem, the PRO of JMI, said.
“This is to clarify that JCC is not an official body of the university. Any communication from JCC should not be taken as communication from the university,” the PRO said, adding that the university’s official Twitter handle is @jmiu_official.
RP Meena, DCP (south-east) said, “The case is being probed by the crime branch. We will check whether the video is with them and also the authentication of the video. We can comment once the video is checked.”
Special Commissioner (Crime) Praveer Ranjan assured that the police will investigate the latest video. “We have taken cognizance of the latest video (of December 15) of Jamia Millia Islamia University which has surfaced now, we will investigate it,” Ranjan told reporters.
Reacting to the video, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra launched an attack on the current dispensation and the Delhi Police saying they had lied about the incident when they denied any attack on students in the Jamia library on December 15. Sharing the video on Twitter, Priyanka said, “See how the Delhi Police is indiscriminately beating students studying. A boy is showing the book but the policeman is running sticks. The Home Minister and Delhi Police officials lied that they had not beaten anyone by entering the library.”
“After watching this video, if action is not taken on the violence in Jamia, the intention of the government will completely be exposed to the country,” she added.