The Delhi Police personnel on Monday allegedly lathi-charged citizenship law protestors, which included students from Jamia Milia Islamia and residents of Jamia Nagar, who were marching towards the Parliament to demonstrate against the new act. The march started from gate number seven of the university, according to news reports.
The police have however denied the claims of lathicharge, saying that the cops were only brandishing batons in a bid to stop the march. The police said that the protestors didn’t have the permission for carrying out the march. According to PTI, the police had initially appealed to the protestors to end the march.
Despite police's claims to the contrary, unconfirmed accounts on social media claim that as many as 40 protestors were injured in the police action. The injured were rushed to the nearby Holy Family Hospital and the Ansari Medical Centre, as per several Twitter handles.
Hundreds of injured/unconscious Jamia students admitted to the Ansari Health Center & Holy Family Hospital.Many being taken to Al Shifa hospital now.Jamia students need help.Time to reach out to them.#JamiaProtests pic.twitter.com/y1T8vSOavM— Bushra Khanum بشریٰ خانم (@bushrakhanum86) February 10, 2020
Another social media account said that even though the police had used 'mild' force, it was done to push back the protestors. Several women protestors were also allegedly manhandled by the police, as per images shared on the social media platform.
Police did use mild force to push back protesters who were constantly clashing with them and throwing water packets in their direcrion. Lathis and batons were even raised to scare off protesters but there was no lathicharge. The video has been shot by me. pic.twitter.com/vw5RZD3oUU— Anya Shankar (@AnyaShankar) February 10, 2020
Heavy deployment of police personnel was spotted at the protest venue ahead of the march, as per a video shared on Twitter.
Heavy deployment of police and paramilitary personnel in Jamia Nagar/Shaheen Bagh pic.twitter.com/Fvfv4Qhkha— Raj Shekhar Jha (@rajshekharTOI) February 10, 2020
According to a media report, at least ten women protestors have accused the cops of hitting them on the private parts using boots. A woman protestor has accused a cop of tearing her burqa and then bashing her repeatedly if news reports are to be believed.