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Watch - When protectors become violent oppressors: The tableau of Delhi Police brutality
"Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it." --- John Lennon
And a recent video showing the alleged brutality of Delhi Police time and again proved that Singer Lennon was not wide of the mark. The video is now running on TV and has gone viral on social media and fervently shared.

You can clearly see the Delhi Police personnel mercilessly thrashing students, who were protesting against the death of the Dalit scholar of Hyderabad University, Rohith Vemula. He had committed suicide after being expelled from the university allegedly at the behest of the Union HRD Minister, Smriti Irani.

Last Saturday, about 200 students in New Delhi began to march to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh office to demonstrate against Rohith Vemula's suicide in Hyderabad last month. The Dalit scholar killed himself after facing punitive action from the University of Hyderabad protesters after a series of events involving a member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and its student wing, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.

The protesting students were trying to march towards the RSS office, when they were stopped by several officers of Delhi Police, who zeroed in on one male student before mercilessly thrashing him. The police was soon joined by members of public (alleged RSS workers), who too began to assault the student. This video exposes the nexus between the Police that is controlled by BJP government at the Centre and those hooligans let loose upon the harmless protesting boys and girls.

This is kind of unique technique of 'reform' and 'transform' that is practiced by the power-drunk RSS-remote-controlled centre has adopted. And this will NOT be the last occasion where the suppression of voice of dissent by BJP has been recorded on lens. The violence now seems to become the norm across the country.

This point is not made without solid substantiation. Here is a cascade of events:

The country witnessed, at least ten student demonstrations over the last fortnight and all have shown the violence from the law enforcement authorities. The student bodies around the country are demanding a thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to his death of Rohith. They are demanding more safeguards to protect Dalit students from discrimination in educational institutions. In most of these cases, the police have claimed that they are merely responding to provocation from the protestors.

On January 18, after Vemula's suicide, the students of University of Hyderabad and Delhi marched to the Ministry of Human Resource Development. They were stopped by the police. Students claim that they were beaten up, detained for hours and met with water-cannon attacks. Several reported being injured.

Similar protests in Hyderabad ran into the batons of police armed with riot gear. At least eight students were arrested. On Jan 19, the students were intercepted by police again as another 37 were detained and taken into custody.

On January 20, the police arrested 23 students in Coimbatore for shouting slogans against the Central government and protesting against the circumstances of Vemula's death. In Bangalore, five students were held by the police after their protest outside the office of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad turned violent.

On Jan 21, four law students from the Government Law College in Madurai were detained by the police for participating in a fast to protest their suspension for a demonstration held earlier. Students alleged that false cases were being filed against them in order to spoil their careers even as the police entered the campus and detained four.

On January 22, more than 100 activists of the National Students Union of India marched to the office of the Ministry of Human Resource Development in Delhi to demand the resignation of Smriti Irani, Bandaru Dattatreya and Hyderabad University Vice Chancellor but were met with police brutality. More than 60 persons were detained for allegedly pushing over barricades. The police said that they acted under the provisions of the law.

In Lucknow, two students from Ambedkar University were taken into preventive custody by the police for shouting slogans against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he addressed their convocation.

On January 24, in Mumbai, protesting students filed a case against RSS members for allegedly attacking them with rods and sticks during an event in the Dharavi neighborhood. The protesters said that the police did not intervene even though many officials were present on the scene.

On January 28, twelve students from Punjab University were detained by the police on the "apprehension" that they would create a ruckus while protesting against the visit of Punjab Congress President Capt Amrinder Singh to the campus. The students claimed the event was a "politically choreographed show".

Bhakts still enjoy the patronage of a section of society. However, we do still live in free society and every citizen has the right to express his/her views. You could be on either side of fence - following the ideas of power-de jure or against it.

However, if someone or a group of writers take up the cudgels for each and every government move no matter how much far-fetched and unrealistic that might be then it falls short of ethics of journalism.

"Demagogue: one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots." …………H.L. Mencken

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