Screen grab of the video | Photo Credit: Twitter
New Delhi: Hours after video footage showing a purported attack on students by police surfaced on social media, Jamia Millia Islamia administration on Sunday said the footage appears to be from inside the MPhil, PhD section of the varsity library. The CCTV footage, which shows the alleged attack on Jamia students by Delhi Police on the night of December 15, has created a storm on social media with a large number of people condemning the police for its actions.
While speaking to the media, Jamia Millia Islamia University's Public Relations Offical Ahmad Azeem said, "Prima facie, the CCTV footage seems to be of MPhil and PhD section in Dr Zakir Hussain Library. We have also come to know that the footage has been released by Jamia Coordination Committee."
He went on to allege that the Delhi Police had entered the Jamia campus on December 15 without taking permission, beat the students and destroyed university property. The university administration has already filed a complaint on the matter, added the Jamia PRO.
Jamia Proctor Waseem Ahmad Khan also spoke with the media on the video leak. Denying that the Proctor Office has released the video on the internet, Khan said that all the details about the December 15 incident are with the police.
"We met with the Additional Commissioner and he assured us that the matter has been moved to Delhi Crime Branch. Our students were also called for an investigation by police but no FIR has been filed by police yet," he added.
In the video, several policemen in riot gear can be seen storming inside the library and beating students with batons. The students who were studying in the reading hall were also pushed outside the hall.
The CCTV footage was also shared on Twitter by the Jamia Coordination Committee - the group representing the students and alumni of Jamia.