New Delhi: Two videos have surfaced the internet since Saturday evening after the December 15 rampage at Delhi’s Jamia Milia Islamia University took the spotlight again. One CCTV footage, that went viral across social media platforms, purportedly shows police entering the varsity library with barons and hitting students who were quietly sitting and studying at their tables. At the same time, another footage that surfaced today shows a group of ‘rioters’ streaming in, some of them with stones in their hands. Also Read - Delhi: Cousins Stage Fake Kidnapping Inspired by Popular Web Series on Amazon Prime
According to the Delhi Police, these 15-20 odd persons had taken refuge inside the Old Reading Hall by dragging a table and closing the gates. The police were trying to locate them after they found some vehicles torched outside the varsity during the Jamia violence, an India Today TV report stated. Also Read - Delhi Man Arrested For Posing as Senior Bureaucrat, AIIMS Professor to Cheat People
The first 48-second video was widely circulated by students and faculty members of JMI, as a result, triggering a political war. Congress has taken the students’ side and accused the police of using brutality on unarmed students. On the other hand, the Bharatiya Janata Party claimed that the purported video is also proof that some students were involved in causing the mayhem. Also Read - Caught on Camera: Cop Severely Injured After Man Attacks Him With Knife in West Delhi's Tilak Nagar
Earlier today, BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya alleged that some of the students in the library were actually “stone pelters”. Sharing the video in a Twitter post, he claimed that the students in the library were wearing masks and reading shut books, “looking anxiously towards the entrance rather than being relaxed and immersed in studies, which is what a library is meant for.”
“Anatomy of Jamia rioters who tried hiding in the library after a stone-pelting session,” Malviya asked. “Good of Jamia rioters to self identify themselves. Agencies must use the video as evidence,” he said in a separate tweet.
On December 15, the JMI campus had turned into a battlefield after police without seeking any permission from the authorities entered the campus to look for outsiders who were involved in incidents of violence and arson a few metres away from the educational institute during a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.