TEHRAN (Press Shia) – A newly-released footage allegedly shows Indian police attacking students in a library at Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMI) in New Delhi on December 15.
The CCTV footage was shared on social media on Sunday by the Jamia Coordination Committee, a group of students and alumni.
The video appears to show several policemen in riot gear entering the university’s library and beating students with batons.
The authenticity of the video could not be independently verified.
The incident at the university came after days of clashes between the police and protesters, who were demonstrating against a controversial new citizenship law near JMI in December. Scores of demonstrators were injured in those clashes, as police used tear gas and batons to disperse protesters.
The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), passed by the Indian Parliament on December 11, 2019, grants citizenship to minorities – except Muslims – from neighboring Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who arrived in India before 2015.
Critics and activists have said it violates India’s secular constitution and have challenged it in the Supreme Court.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government says the new law will save religious minorities such as Hindus and Christians from persecution by offering them a path to Indian citizenship.