In a shocking two-day old video released by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which has now gone viral, policemen in Delhi are seen brutally beating up students, who were protesting against the death of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula.
The policemen, some of whom were in plain clothes, even assaulted some of the female protesters outside the RSS office in Jhandewalan, according to IBNLive. The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has urged the women protesters to record their statements.
"I very strongly urge these protesters to come to the DCW. We need to register a case so that action can be taken," DCW chief Swati Maliwal told CNN-IBN.
DCW has also questioned why no female police officers were present at the site.
The police brutality reportedly took place after the students protesting near the RSS office began marching towards the RSS office. The police also formed a barricade outside the RSS office and soon unexpectedly began beating up the student protesters there.
The protesters have said that they were protesting peacefully and did nothing which justified the lathicharge.
Apart from the JNU students, there were students from other organisations at the site who were also attacked by policemen.
"Boys were pulled by their hair. Cops in plain clothes refused to show their ID," CNN-IBN quoted a woman protester as saying. "Few RSS workers also thrashed us along with cops," she also said.
According to NDTV, the police also attacked the media and some of the cameras belonging to mediapersons were also broken.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted on this incident, saying that the Modi government seems to be at war with students in India.
FTII, Rohith case, Hyd Univ, IITs and now brutal attack on Del students. Modi govt seems to be at war with students all across
However, the IBNLive report also said that the Delhi Police, trying to shift the blame on the students, said that it was the students who had provoked them.
"It was protesters who provoked first. They threw banners and sticks at us. They broke the first barricade. Then they charged towards the second layer of barricade where max force was deployed," the report quoted Delhi Police DPC (Central) Paramaditya as saying.
The Delhi Police also refused to confirm whether women protesters were beaten up.