On Monday, February 17, the Delhi High Court (HC) issued notices to the Centre and the Delhi Police on a petition filed by a student of the Jamia Millia Islamia University seeking a compensation of Rs. 2 crore for injuries he sustained during the December 15, 2019 violence at the university, The Quint reported.
Shayaan Mujeeb, the petitioner, allegedly sustained injuries on both his legs due to the reported police brutalities in the Jamia library and said that he had spent Rs. 2 lakh on his treatment. He said that due to the attack, a metal rod had to be inserted in his right leg. In his petition he asked for interim compensation of Rs. 25 lakhs and a reimbursement of all related future medical expenses. To support his claim, he submitted MLCs, discharge summaries and photographs that demonstrated the severity of his injuries.
A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Hari Shankar asked the Central government and the Delhi Police to file in their responses by May 27.
Nabila Hasan, counsel appearing for Mujeeb said that the brutalities on him by the Delhi police had caused fractures in both his legs and would leave him limping throughout his life. The Centre, however, denied the claim to which Mujeeb’s counsel retorted saying that there was CCTV footage for the violence that happened in the library that day.
Videos of police violence on the students of Jamia are currently doing the rounds. The Jamia Coordination Committee released a video showing police charging students with lathis, which police claim to be ‘edited’.
Post the first video, the Delhi Police released new CCTV footage showing students purportedly entering the Old Reading Hall in the MA/MPhil Department of the university and carrying stones in their hands. In the footage, the students can be seen barricading the door shut with tables.
However, the sequence of events in a video by Maktoob Media show the extended footage of the video the police used to show ‘rioters’ had entered the library. This video shows that when helpless and unarmed students tried to exit the library police beat them up brutally.
@DelhiPolice and @IndiaToday came out with a video that shows student ‘rioters’ entering #Jamia library after clip shows police action on students. Video was cut off before footage shows how police enter room and attack them.
Watch the extended footage: https://t.co/M7Xzl15r9z
— Maktoob (@MaktoobMedia) February 17, 2020