At least 12 were injured after the police on Monday, 10 February, lathi-charged protesters, including Jamia Millia Islamia students, after stopping their protest march near the Holy Family Hospital in Delhi’s Okhla.
Protesters, including women, have alleged that the police assaulted them.
One protester is in the intensive care unit (ICU) while 11 have reportedly been admitted in the casualty ward of the nearby Alshifa Multispecialty Hospital.
Delhi Police has registered a case against protesters under IPC sections 186, 188, 353, 332 and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act in the New Friends Colony police station, reports ANI.
The march to Parliament, led by Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC), was taken out to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the proposed nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC).
The police lathi-charged them, causing a stampede-like situation and injuring several protesters. Many protesters reportedly jumped over the police barricades.
‘They Stomped on a Woman’s Breast, Stomach, Vagina’
The police was pushing around and hitting protesters, including women, according to journalist Zubair A Zarief. “They were hitting them from below the waistline, so it wasn’t that visible,” he said.
“They stomped on a woman’s breast, her stomach and vagina.”Zubair A Zarief, Independent Journalist
Dr Shikha Kapoor, a professor at Jamia, also said that several students had been injured in their “private parts” due to police action.
The protesters began their march from Jamia's gate number 7. The police appealed to them to end their march citing lack of permission, reported PTI.
There was heavy deployment of security personnel in and around the University.
The protesters raised slogans like, “Kagaz nahi dikhayenge” (We will not show our documents)" and "Jab nahi dare hum goron se, toh kyun darein hum auron se" (When we did not fear the British, why should we fear others).
“It has been two months since we are protesting. No one from the government has come to talk to us, so we want to go to talk to them.”Zeba Anhad, a protester, to PTI
Earlier during the day, the Supreme Court issued notices to the Centre and the Delhi government after it took suo motu cognisance of an infant’s death in Shaheen Bagh.
(With inputs from PTI)
Seven Students Admitted, 1 Critical: Alshifa Hospital
Almost 29 people, many of them students, are undergoing treatment for injuries at Alshifa Multi Specialty Hospital in Okhla, which were sustained from the lathi-charge and police assault on Monday, said Dr Mudassir Azim, Emergency Consultant and In-Charge at the hospital.
“Many people reported injuries and pain in the chest and stomach regions due to the lathi-charge. Some patients also reported their neck being grabbed due to which they suffered injuries”Dr. Mudassir Azim, Emergency Consultant and In-Charge, Alshifa Multi Specialty Hospital
The hospital also said that several patients had been admitted for breathing difficulties and one patient is currently admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
“One patient with injuries to his private parts is declared as critical and a specialist surgeon is overlooking the case,” said Dr Azim. He further added that a total of three patients, women among them, reported injuries to their parts.