New Delhi: A video of a photojournalist being assaulted and roughed up by the woman police during the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students’ protest surfaced on Saturday. The incident took place yesterday when the journalist was covering the protest. The police said that she was on the wrong side of the barricade, but the photojournalist refuted the claims made by the police. She said, as reported by news agency ANI, that her camera was snatched away while she was assaulted.
Yesterday, scores of students and teachers from JNU were marching to the Parliament Complex and were stopped by the police. They were holding the protests over several issues like academic freedom among other when the police resorted to lathi-charge and used water cannons to stop them. Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’Union and the Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’Association organized the ‘padayatra’, which started from the campus.
The students claimed that the lathi-charge by the police was “unprovoked”. JNSU joint secretary Shubhanshu Singh said, as reported by PTI, that the police stopped them at the INA bus stop and used water cannon on them and lathi-charged. They were detained and taken to the Defence Colony police station. “The attack by the police was unprovoked,” he said.
The woman photojournalist who was assaulted has also filed a complaint with the police of the incident. And the police has said that they are now looking into the matter. Janata Dal (United) leader Ali Anwar has said that the issue will be raised in the Parliament. He further added that fight and studies should continue. Meanwhile, the Communist Party of India leader Brinda Karat said the JNU vice-chancellor has become a “chancellor of vice”. She added, “A professor accused of sexual harassment has a place in the varsity and is protected by the V-C.”