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Delhi Police brutally beating up students who were protesting outside the RSS office
    2016-02-04

The police action took place on January 30 even as students from All India Students' Association (AISA) were protesting against the death of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula outside the RSS office in Jhandewalan. The police resorted to a violent lathi charge to disperse the students from the place. During the melee that followed, the police did not spare even the women who were part of the protest. The video shows some policemen brutally thrashing two women and throwing them to the ground.

The records show some people in plain clothes assaulting the students. It is not yet clear whether the
plain clothes men were policemen or not. Some of the protesters later alleged that the men in plain clothes were RSS supporters. Some reports suggest that the police resorted to lathi charge after the protesting students broke through the first barricade.



According to police, the two men in civilian clothes, who are seen assaulting protesters, were not part of the police force. “We have seen the footage and are trying to source more. The two men in civilian clothes are not part of Delhi Police,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Parmaditya. I strongly condemn the attack on students,” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said.

However, the police denied having resorted to force. In a statement to PTI, DCP (Central) Paramaditya said, "No protesters were detained and no forced had to be used at all."

Rohith Vemula committed suicide on January 17 at the Hyderabad Central University. According to his suicide note, he committed suicide after he was expelled from the hostel by the HCU authorities.

Two journalists, covering the January 30 protest, also alleged they were beaten up. Rahul M, a journalist working with Caravan Magazine, said, “I had gone to cover the protest. While the students were marching peacefully towards the RSS office policemen starting beating them up. One of the policemen — he appeared to be a sub-inspector — came to me, snatched my camera and banged it on the road. Some other policemen joined him and attacked me with sticks. I kept telling them I am a journalist but they kept beating me up.



The Delhi Police does not report to the Kejriwal government but to the home ministry and Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung.

 

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