CCTV footage of Jamia library shows cops beat up unarmed students

On 15 December, several students from the old reading hall in Jamia had shared SOS videos and messages alleging that police had entered the room, thrashed students and shelled tear gas on them.

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Screengrab of the video footage of police butality on Jamia students in library

Two months after the alleged police brutality inside Jamia campus, another CCTV footage has emerged showing policemen beating up 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.

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, 15th February, Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC), a group consisting of students and alumni of the university released CCTV footage, which they claim is from 15 December 2019 when the Delhi Police had entered their campus after protests against the CAA-NRC turned violent.

While sharing the video clipping on Twitter, the Jamia Coordination Committee 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.”

The video shows armed policemen entering a hall and thrashing students who were supposedly sitting and studying there. The Jamia students claim the video is from their old reading hall in the MA/MPhill department.

“CCTV footage is showing the brutal act of police forces and how the state sponsored terrorists are playing the game of brutality on the students of Jamia who were preparing for their examination inside the Old Reading Hall of Library,” a statement released by Jamia Coordination Committee said.

On 15 December, several students from the old reading hall in Jamia had shared SOS videos and messages alleging that police had entered the room, thrashed students and shelled tear gas on them.

Hours after the siege, when journalists had entered the campus, they had found that the reading hall was damaged, and chairs and tables were left broken.

 

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