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Saturday 25 January 2020

Manish Sisodia’s fake news: Cop setting bus afire, hitting girls

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia not only posted misleading videos but also congratulated students for going on a rampage, tweet after tweet

Photos posted by Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Twitter to create an impression among the people that Delhi Police personnel were themselves destroying public and private property–and accusing the students of Jamia Millia Islamia for it–have turned out to be fake. After shocking the people, forcing many to ask what the policemen were pouring into the buses from yellow and white cans, South-East Delhi Deputy Commissioner of Police Chinmay Biswal said that the police had not set the buses on fire but rather extinguished the fire. He categorically stated that there was water in the cans and bottles rather than any inflammable substance.

Manish Sisodia, in fact, went on and on with his allegations on Twitter.

Ironically, a video of another user that Manish Sisodia retweeted exposed the trick photography involved in the second and third images above. Study the video in the tweet below; it is clear that the cops are trying to hit the man the women students are hiding rather than unleashing a lathi-charge on women that the still photos misleadingly suggest.

The deputy chief minister demanded an “independent inquiry” to find what the cops were pouring into the buses.

Manish Sisodia posted another video that claimed the police were destroying parked vehicles so that student-activists could be blamed later for it.

Besides the above, Manish Sisodia quoted other users’ posts containing shots of demonstrations, writing “Long live student unity” with each.

The Delhi Police and the Jamia Millia Islamia administration have now locked horns over the violence in Jamia Nagar on Sunday perpetrated allegedly by students of the Islamic university against the Citizenship Amendment Act with the help of some local politicians. While the Delhi Police has started an investigation into the violence by registering an FIR against unknown people, Jamia Vice-Chancellor Najma Akhtar has accused the police of forcibly entering the university.

Akhtar has lodged a counter FIR against the police.

During the violent protest in the Jamia area, some videos claiming that Delhi Police personnel were ‘hatching a conspiracy to defame students’ were released on social media. In a video, a policeman was seen carrying a plastic can towards the rear end of a vandalised bus that was still burning on a roadside. After this video surfaced, some people started raising questions on social media whether policemen were setting buses on fire.

The deputy commissioner of police has said that it is absolutely untrue that Delhi Police set buses afire. The police extinguished the fire by carrying water from people nearby who had brought water in cans, the officer said. The DCP reported that the water was taken from a hotel in the area.

A case has been registered in the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) against the alleged action of Delhi Police at Jamia Millia Islamia University. Complainant Saurabh Das alleged, “Delhi Police led by Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-East) brutally attacked the students of the university in the night of 15 December.” The complainant claimed police vandalised buildings and stopped the students from meeting with their lawyers. Das alleged that the police detained even minors. The complainant said in a statement that Delhi Police personnel harassed Muslim girl students by forcibly removing their hijab. The complainant then accused the police of “forcible entry… into the university campus”.

The complainant complained to the NHRC, “The Hon’ble Commission is requested to look into it as soon as possible given the seriousness of the matter and the rights of life and liberty of the protesters.”

Demonstration in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) on Sunday Turned violent. Buses were set on fire and public properties were damaged. When the police arrived as a precautionary measure, the demonstrating students attacked the men in uniform.

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