Amid the ongoing protests over Jamia crackdown and the Citizenship Amendment Act across India, various claims and counter-claims are doing the rounds over the sequence of events during the December 15 clashes in and around Jamia Millia Islamia University. Now, another video has surfaced online that shows how police exercised maximum restraint during the tense standoff on Sunday outside the university gates. The one minute, 17 second long clip provided by the Delhi Police shows how the senior officials were trying to pacify the students and repeatedly telling them not to pelt stones and bottles.
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In the video, the voice of a senior official can be heard. Now, the police officer has been identified as Joint Commissioner Devesh Shrivastav. The police official can be heard calling students ‘bacchon’ and ‘beta’ and trying to convince them.
In the video, Shrivastav can be heard telling the students that they must not pelt stones, tubes and bottles. He is heard requesting students again and again that they should remain inside the university. “Beta, I am requesting you, please maintain peace.” Shrivastav also told students that the cops were talking to the university officials.
The Delhi Police arrested 10 people in connection with the Sunday violence in vicinity of Jamia Millia Islamia university on Tuesday. The clashes sparked massive protests across campuses in India with students demanding rollback of the Citizenship Amendment Act and probe into police brutality. The Delhi Police said that the 10 people, who have been arrested, have criminal background. News Nation has learnt that out of these 10 individuals, three are known as ‘bad characters’ in the area. The police has also distinctively said that no student of the Jamia Millia Islamia university has been arrested. The cops said that the arrests were made after probing the CCTV footages of December 15. The cops further said that more arrests are likely to be made in coming days.
On Sunday, the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act turned violent, which soon engulfed the Jamia campus. Students were dragged out form the central library, thrashed. Though the police have claimed that several videos circulating on social media are unverifiable and some of them present a distorted version of the events that unfolded on Sunday, the Vice Chancellor of the university maintains that the cops stormed the campus and intimidated the students with brutality.