New Delhi: With the student protest at Jamia Millia Islamia University and subsequent crackdown by the Delhi Police Sunday making headlines, social media is abuzz with related news and videos, some of which have gone viral.
One such video has a few Jamia female students confronting the Delhi Police to save a fellow male student, as the policemen continued to beat him.
Among the policemen is a man dressed in a red T-shirt and blue jeans, wearing riot gear, who many are claiming is an “RSS volunteer”.
The Delhi Police, however, refuted this claim. A senior police officer confirmed to ThePrint that he is actually a constable posted with the Anti-Auto Theft Squad (AATS), South District.
His photograph started doing the rounds on social media, questioning how a civilian, who people identified as one Bharat Sharma, an RSS volunteer and State Executive Committee member of ABVP (Akhil Bhartiya Vishwa Parishad), was allowed to wear a riot gear and get deployed alongside the police to lathi-charge students in Jamia.
“He is not Bharat Sharma. This is another lie that is being spread on social media to tarnish the image of Delhi Police. He is, in fact, a constable with the AATS in South district who was also deployed on the law and order duty in the area,” DCP (Central) M.S. Randhawa told ThePrint.
One @nisarpari tweeted: “How Delhi Police let this happen…”
The handle also posted the profile of Bharat Sharma, which shows that he is a Law student at Delhi University and also an RSS volunteer.
How Delhi Police let this happen… pic.twitter.com/oDOwz8TH0F
— Nisar നിസാർ (@nisarpari) December 16, 2019
‘Can’t policemen be posted in plain clothes?’
According to a source in the police, a team of AATS had been called in Sunday after the protest started to get violent.
“Can’t policemen be posted on duty in plain clothes? It is not a new thing and should not be made an issue,” said an officer.
Members of specialised units of the police, including the AATS and Special Cell, mostly operate in civil clothes.
Another Twitter user posted a video showing a man kicking a fellow student on a university campus, and claimed he was Bharat Sharma.
His name is Bharat Sharma. Law student of du. State executive committee member of ABVP. Volunteer of Rss
Clearly seen kicking students for no reason and abusing them. #JamiaMilia #JamiaProtests #DelhiProtest #DelhiBurning #CABProtests pic.twitter.com/AuPRZuk0nm
— Akshay Lakra (@akshaylakra17) December 16, 2019
Reacting to the video, the police said they are in the process of identifying the person. They further clarified that it was not the same person seen in the photo alongside Delhi policemen wearing the riot gear.
“The person who is seen hitting a fellow student is someone else and not Constable Arvind. We are looking into the video. We are still not clear if this video is from Delhi University or some other campus. He will soon be identified,” a police officer said.