Several media personnel was abused, thrashed and their cameras were broken by protestors outside Jamia Millia Islamia University as the students’ march to Parliament was foiled by the police on Friday.
“You (media) are saying we have hurled stones at the police, but what about the teargas and lathi-charge by them (police),” shouted an agitating protestor as he pushed and beat up a reporter reporting live from the spot.
Earlier in the day, a crowd gathered outside Jamia Millia Islamia and resorted to massive stone-pelting after the police stopped the protestors from marching to Parliament.
The students belonging to the All India Students’ Association (AISA) were protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which has now become a law.
The students’ march was also joined by locals, sources said, adding the crowd threw stones at policemen who responded by firing teargas shells in which some students were injured.
Around fifty protestors have been detained and taken to Jaitpur and Badarpur police stations.
“Initially, the minor force was used to disperse the protestors, but within minutes the crowd returned with stones in hand. Many of our men have been injured in the stone-pelting,” said a senior police officer.
The students, however, blamed the police for the violence as they said that lathi-charge and teargas were used on the protestors without any provocation.
“The police launched an attack on us and teargas was used frequently,” said Meharban, a student of the Jamia Millia Islamia.