Delhi Police Pouring Fuel inside to Burn a Bus during Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in Delhi, near Jamia Millia Islamia University.
Policemen in New Delhi, India pouring fuel into a bus to burn and blame on students of Jamia Milia
A ‘breaking’ story doing rounds on social media alleges to show Delhi Police Pour Fuel to Burn a Bus during CAA protests and blame it on Jamia Milia students. The short video in fact shows a person carrying a white container and pouring something into a bus in protest area, around couple of bikes set on fire. No, the claims in question are not true – the policemen were only trying to put off fire and safeguard the bus.
CAA Protests Turned Violent Around Jamia Millia Islamia University
On 15th December 2019 afternoon, silent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) turned violent around the Jamia Millia Islamia University campus. Some violent protesters pelted stones at Delhi government buses and set three DTC buses and few two-wheelers on fire. They also attacked a fire tender in New Friends’ Colony in South Delhi and some of the fire fighters were also injured. Consequently, Delhi Police entered the University campus and blocked the varsity gates to nab some “outsiders” who had entered the premises to hide. Both the Jamia Millia students’ community and the Teachers’ Association have disassociated themselves with the violence. Varsity officials also suggested anti-social elements infiltrated into the protest march and resorted to vandalism and violence.
Did Delhi Police Burn a Bus?
Amidst the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in Delhi, the video and the claims became popular on social media. They suggested Delhi police deliberately poured fuel inside the bus no – DL1PD0299 to burn it and blame the University students in protest. A screenshot from the video also became viral on social media.
India Today reported the protests live from the area outside the University, near New Friends colony. Their video in fact shows some glimpses of stone-pelting and buses set on fire. The report also contains the footage in question – if Delhi police were planning to set a bus on fire. On site India Today reporter describes the scene and mentions the protest was led by Aam Aadmi Party member Amanatullah Khan and it suddenly turned violent. He also says violent protesters started pelting stones, targeting government buses.
Another Journalist on site, Arvind Gunasekar also tweeted about involvement of a violent mob. He mentioned it is not the way to protest and everyone should condemn violence and destruction of public property. There are also other reports mentioning political involvement and presence of local goons in the violence.
Fire Extinguishing, Safety Measure
Coming to the video in question, it does not actually show Delhi Police setting the bus on fire. There are also no reports suggesting the Delhi bus number DL1PD0299 was burnt. The policemen were in fact dousing the fire. At the very beginning of the video, you can see another man – in similar dress – carrying a container of water and pouring over the bikes set on fire. Note, another man in red trouser comes running with fire extinguisher to put off the flames. The policeman in question also does similar thing – carrying container of water – going around and pouring it inside the bus. It is in fact a safety measure to wet surrounding things – to avoid spreading of fire in such scenario.
The Delhi bus no – DL1PD0299 was in fact pelted with stones, breaking its glasses in protest. It’s a matter of coincidence, the same bus number – DL1PD0299 broke down earlier in August 2018, when Delhi Traffic Police tweeted about it.
So, the Delhi Police were not planning to burn a bus during CAA protests and blame students. Unfortunately, the rumors also spread like fire. After the incident, PRO Delhi Police, MS Randhawa gave a media statement asking people not to pay attention to rumors. He said Delhi Police is monitoring the situation and will soon identify the anti-social elements.
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