New Delhi: The Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC) has released a CCTV footage of the Delhi Police beating students inside a library in the Jamia Millia Islamia University on December 15, the day the police entered the campus and cracked down on students after an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest outside the university took a violent turn. Also Read - 'No Bullet Shells Found,' Says Delhi Police After Shots Fired Outside Jamia Millia Last Night
The footage, which is 49 seconds long, shows students sitting at the university’s Old Reading Hall when police personnel, in riot gear, enter the library and baton charge the students as they look for cover. Some of the students run out as the policemen continue to thrash them. Also Read - Anti-CAA Stir: 'No Protest, Speech or Mass Gathering on Campus,' Jamia Millia Islamia to Students
Earlier, responding to the allegations of use of force and entering the campus without the V-C’s permission, the Delhi Police had said that they did so ‘only to control the situation.’
The JCC is a group of Jamia alumni and students. Two days prior to the December 15 incident, the students of Jamia had staged an anti-CAA protest outside the university, in what was one of the first anti-CAA protests outside the northeast.
The same night, students of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), who too had been protesting against the CAA, faced cracked down by the Uttar Pradesh Police and the Rapid Action Force (RAF), when they tried to hold a protest in solidarity with the Jamia students.
The two incidents triggered a massive outrage across the country. Students of over 40 campuses held protests condemning the police action, demanding justice for those beaten up at the two universities.