Controversial citizenship bill: Footage of police assaulting Jamia students released

Controversial citizenship bill: Footage of police assaulting Jamia students released
New Delhi: A CCTV footage has been released showing Delhi Police personnel assaulting students in the university library on the night of December 15 when violence rocked the campus amid anti-citizenship law protests in the area.

A 45-second video has surfaced in which the Delhi Police can be seen allegedly thrashing students at the reading hall of Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia University on the day when violence broke out at the campus during protests against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

The video shows the police entering the library on the first floor. The CCTV footage shows the cops brutally beating the students using batons.

As can be seen in the video, armed policemen dressed in helmets and protective jackets entered the library on the first floor of the MA/MPhil section and tortured the students while some of the students are running away to save their lives.

The police action on students had marked a turning point in protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act with anger at the police and opposition to the controversial law blurring into a unison of protests at campuses across India.

Police had barged into the campus after four buses were torched in New Friends Colony nearby during protests against the citizenship act in the locality.

According to students, police laid siege to the campus, fired tear gas shells and those injured were not even allowed to get medical attention. Students said windows of the library were smashed.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has said that the case has been transferred to the Crime Branch and an investigation is underway.

Violent protests erupted at the Jamia Millia Islamia university on December 15 against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act, with protesters pelting stones at the cops. The protests led to violence and arson in which four DTC buses, 100 private vehicles and 10 police bikes were damaged. 

The police had to use batons to control the violence. Several people were injured in the violence.