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Two months after the Delhi Police and paramilitary forces allegedly barged into the old library of Jamia Millia Islamia and beat up students there, a video versus video war has erupted over the violence on December 15 last year. While the Jamia committee claimed the police had lathicharged the students inside the university library on December 15, the Delhi Police Crime Branch has said some “rioters” hid inside the library on the day.
It began with the Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC) tweeting a CCTV footage of alleged “police brutality” in old reading hall on December 15, 2019.
The 48-second video, which appears to be a CCTV footage, purportedly shows some seven to eight paramilitary and police personnel entering the Old Reading Hall and beating up students with batons.
Hours after the JCC tweeted the video of alleged police brutality inside the Jamia library on December 15, New Nation accessed a video from Delhi Police Crime Branch which showed some "rioters" entering the library reading hall with stones in their hands to "escape the police crackdown".
The Delhi Police has claimed that the persons in the video are "rioters" who took refuge during the police crackdown.
Tonight on Khoj Khabar, we will discuss why were the students holding stones in their hands while rushing into the library. Who were they?
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"The Delhi Police should know who were these protesters. The police commissioner should resign immediately," says Parvez, leader Congress.
"Many in the police uniform were from the ABVP," says Wasim Gazi, Islamic scholar.
The police's job is to maintain law and order situation. If there is a violence, they will take action. These students are sleeper cells," says OP Sharma, BJP leader.
"Only professionals can burn four buses. They were not students," ays Avdhesh Kumar, senior journalist.
"Students of the JNU and the Jamia Millia Islamia are sleeper-cells," says OP Sharma, BJP leader.
"We will stand by the Jamia students," says Parvez, leader Congress.
"These are riot protection police, they are bound to take action if there is a violence," says Avdhesh Kumar, senior journalist.
"These are not stones, but wallets in the students hands," asks Meeran Haider, PhD scholar, Jamia Millia Islamia.
"Who are there in civil dress with the Delhi Police?" asks Meeran Haider, PhD scholar, Jamia Millia Islamia.
"Why the Delhi Police didn't take action against those who molested students inside the university?" asks Meeran Haider, PhD scholar, Jamia Millia Islamia.