Police in Delhi have gone rogue against student demonstrators in parts of the Indian capital, during protests over the controversial amended citizenship act.
The new law entitles non-Muslim migrants from three Muslim-majority neighbouring countries to Indian citizenship.
The police used tear gas, live bullets, cane sticks against protesters. Roads were blocked, buses and motorcycles were torched.
(However, there is discrepancy as to who torched the buses. Police claim it were demonstrators, but videos doing rounds on social media show policemen carrying cans of what is claimed to be gasoline.)
Protesting students were from the prestigious central university, Jamia Millia Islamia. The police forcefully entered the campus without permission and assaulted staff and students.
Police called their assault and rampage necessary to stop the protests.
The police assault triggered protests in Hyderabad’s Maulana Azad Urdu University and the Banaras Hindu University. Hundreds gathered outside the Police Headquarters demanding release of detained students.
Tweets from one CorporateKumar_ claims South Delhi MP, Ramesh Bidhuri distributed 100 people in the lower ranks of police and asked them to trigger violence and burn busses.
Meanwhile, protests have raged across north and east India since the law was passed.
The law allows non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, who entered India illegally, to become citizens.
Critics say the law is part of the government’s agenda to marginalise Muslims. While some fear mass.migration could leave the local population as a minority in their own lands.
The United Nations Human Rights office voiced concern that the new law was fundamentally discriminatory in nature.
The UK, US and Canada have issued travel warnings to its citizens visiting India.