Jamia Millia Islamia students and locals had protested at Jamia Nagar in Delhi on December 15, 2019 against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. (Photo Credit: File Photo)
The Delhi High Court on Monday issued notices to Centre, Delhi Police and the Delhi government over plea of a Jamia Millia Islamia student seeking compensation for his injuries during December 15 violence at the varsity. Shayyan Mujeeb was injured during the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protest at the university. Seeking Rs 2 crore compensation, Mujeeb claimed that both of his legs were fractured and he spent Rs 2.5 lakh for the treatment.
Jamia Millia Islamia students and locals had protested at Jamia Nagar in Delhi on December 15, 2019 against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Protesters allegedly torched four buses and two police vehicles as they clashed with the police in New Friends Colony. Delhi Police baton charged the protesters and used tear gas shells to disperse the mob before entering the varsity campus, detaining several persons allegedly involved in the violence.
Protests erupted after the Narendra Modi government passed the contentious legislation in Parliament on December 11. Two days later, President Ram Nath Kovind gave assent and making it a law on December 13. The Citizenship Act grants Indian nationality to Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Parsis and Sikhs who fled Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan in half the time of other groups if they can argue they suffered religious discrimination in their country of origin.
Two months after the alleged police brutality at the Jamia Millia Islamia, a new video has emerged purportedly showing paramilitary and police personnel thrashing students in the library on December 15, drawing sharp reactions from several quarters, including the Congress.
The police said they will investigate the video and two others, which appeared hours later and showed some youths with covered faces entering the library, as part of the ongoing probe into the December 15 incident.
The 48-second video, which appears to be a CCTV footage and was released by the Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC), purportedly shows some seven to eight paramilitary and police personnel entering the Old Reading Hall and beating up students with batons. The paramilitary and police personnel are also seen covering their faces with handkerchiefs.