While Delhi Police faced criticism for the use of force on the Jamia Millia Islamia campus despite the provocation by rioters, an investigation of the visuals has revealed that some people who were seen jumping on the railings with stones in hand, also entered the reading room (library) of the university. These visuals are of a time before the police entered the reading room and resorted to lathi-charge.
Video footage released by the Jamia Coordination Committee, a comparative study by Delhi Police sources and YouTube channel Makhtub Media shows that many people who threw stones outside the library had sneaked in to hide there before the police entered the reading room.
What has not been established is whether these people appearing in the footage are Jamia students or outsiders.
Jamia incident: Character 1
In the CCTV footage released by Delhi Police Sources, a bald person can be seen jumping from a balcony with a stone in his hand. In another footage released on YouTube by Makhtub Media, the same person can be seen inside the library.
The footage Makhtub Media released on YouTube titled it as “Delhi Police brutality in Jamia Library”. Another footage from this room establishes that the person entered the reading room with a group before the police entered the library. Some people in this group have their faces covered with their hands.
Jamia incident: Character 2
The man in a hat and red sweatshirt is seen also on a balcony with stone-throwers. This person was seen entering the reading room before the police entered the place. This person, who covered his face with a cloth, can be seen gesturing with a hand to the students in the library to keep quiet.
Another person with long hair and beard can be seen as quite active in both videos. This person holds something in both hands and he can be seen both with the stone-throwers in the balcony and in the reading room.
Although some footage of Jamia released from various sources do not have a timestamp, two of the videos do. It is a reasoned guess that both the CCTV cameras were connected to the same servers and were following the same clock.
If one sees the time difference between the people standing with stones in hand on the balcony and the use of force by the police in the library, there is a difference of at least 3 min. That is, at least 3 min after seeing the people standing in the balcony with stones in their hands, police entered the library.
Checking visuals will help
Reacting to the investigation of the video, a Crime Branch official said, “We are investigating the case from every angle. We have evidence that those who were involved in stone-pelting were hiding in the library and that Delhi Police entered the campus.” He said that his team would look also into the investigation of visuals by a private television channel. “This will help us a lot,” he said.
The officer said that the CCTV cameras captured many faces, which were present in the library. “We have identified some of them. We will arrest them after a thorough investigation,” he said.
The Crime Branch has already released pictures of 70 people. “We have prepared a list of more than 100 people based on CCTV footage,” the officer said.
‘JCC takes full responsibility for the footage’
Safura Jargar, an MPhil student at Jamia Millia Islamia and also a member of the Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC), said, “The JCC takes full responsibility for the CCTV footage. It is 100% authentic.”
On the issue of Jamia Milia Islamia distancing itself from the video footage, Safura Jargar said, “We did not wait for the Jamia; we have distanced ourselves from the cowardly administration.”
When asked about the source of the video, Safura refused to disclose it.
Proctor: No clue how the footage leaked
Jamia’s proctor Wasim Ahmed Khan said, “The college administration did not share CCTV footage with anyone other than the MHRD, NHRC and Delhi Police.” He said he had no clue from where all the footage leaked. He said he could not identify the rioters among the students.
“We must have helped them. However, what they did was absolutely wrong,” the proctor said.