A new video, claimed to be from CCTV in the Old Reading Room of Jamia Millia Islamia, shows policemen barging in and indiscriminately beating students with lathis, on December 15, 2019. The footage was released on Saturday, February 15, by the Jamia Coordination Committee, one of the groups leading the ongoing protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
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The footage, which is yet to be independently verified, shows a slice of the massive police crackdown on the protesting Jamia students that day. Earlier, the Delhi Police had clashed with the students, breaking up the protests and even entered the Jamia premises to beat up students. The police action drew widespread condemnation.
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Delhi Police has been denying the excessive use of force throughout, although multiple evidence of merciless beating, communal abuse and humiliation have periodically emerged. Delhi Police is under the Union Home Ministry.
Similar police action took place in Aligarh Muslim University, too, on the same day.
Jamia is close to the Shaheen Bagh protest site where several hundred women have been sitting in protest against CAA.
Delhi Police is reported to have scheduled a press conference later today to respond to the new evidence.
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