Crackdown in Jamia Library: More Footage Released, Shows Police Breaking CCTV Camera
A day after CCTV footage of Delhi Police entering Jamia Milia Islamia’s library and lathi-charging unarmed students emerged, another video has been released showing the police breaking open the library door and thrashing them, even as many plead to exit the room. The footage, which is over five minutes long, was released by Maktoob Media, which claims to have accessed “the hour-long footage which indicates that there was a massive crackdown inside the room”.
…The students have said that outsiders were responsible for the violence, a claim that was vindicated by the fact that none of the students arrested by the Delhi police were students of Jamia. The clip released by Maktoob Media shows students pushing furniture to block the door, which the police tear down to enter. A woman, who appears to be a security guard, is allowed to leave as the police enter the library. Many students, including women, can be seen folding their hands, pleading with the police.
The police can be seen thrashing students, after which some cover their heads with bags to avoid being hit on the skull. Towards the end of the video, there is a burst of violence, as police thrash students waiting at the door to exit. One policeman, making sure to cover his face, approaches the CCTV camera and breaks it.… On Sunday, the CCTV footage which was released contradicted the police’s official version that they had not entered the library to thrash students.…
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