New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Monday filed an Action Taken Report (ATR) in a Delhi court in connection on the Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) University campus on December 15, requesting the court to dismiss the university’s plea seeking registration of an FIR against the police. Also Read - Court Directs Delhi Police to File Status Report on Probe Into Jamia Millia Islamia Violence

Metropolitan Magistrate Rajat Goyal had directed the police to file an ATR on JMI’s plea, in which, it was alleged that the police brutally beat up the students, hurled racial abuses at them, made derogatory comments. The plea also accused some police personnel of breaking open the main library gate, without any reason, and lobbing tear gas shells.

In its report, the Delhi Police defended its actions, saying that they were ‘constrained’ to enter the campus with a view to contain the violence and maintain law and order. “The police personnel could successfully contain the violence by temporarily apprehending 52 persons under section 65 of the Delhi Police Act,” the police, in its reply to the court, said.

“It is submitted that the action was required to be taken in the light of the ongoing violence from within the campus and to rescue the innocent students trapped inside, as well as to ensure normalcy,” it was further stated in the plea.

The police also argued that it could not differentiate between the rioters and innocent students as the former had already destroyed, or damaged, all the lights within the campus.

Calling the JMI’s plea ‘generalised’ in nature, and arguing that since writs had already been filed in the Delhi High Court, the police sought that the plea filed by the university be dismissed.

On December 15, an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) outside the university had turned violent prompting a crackdown by the police on the campus.