A Jawarlal Nehru University (JNU) student has alleged that the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel assaulted him at a metro station on July 27 evening, abusing him for being from JNU.
In an account of the incident that he published on his Facebook page, Aman Sinha, a second-year MA history student, said that he was first stopped by the CISF because he went through the security check with his headphones on. The guard, Sinha says, was “despotic” in the way he handled the situation.
According to a report in the Telegraph, another guard waved him towards the platform as passengers behind him were getting angsty about the delay. Sinha was at the other end of the security check waiting for his sister, when the angry guard came up to him and started yelling at him . He asked him his name and where he was from – when he said ‘Aman’ and ‘a student from JNU’, he said their anger increased and the other guards too started yelling at him.
Here’s what he said in his Facebook post:
“Then another CISF person came and said you are spoiling the name of the nation, ‘Pakistan bhejenge tum mussalay ko aaj.’
They dragged me through the public to the security office through the very long passage where there was no CCTV and no public.
They started abusing my mother and sister, thrashing and beating me very badly, saying that ‘public k samne hamara nam kharab kar diya, I tried to record it which they later made me delete it threw away my phone.”
Sinha has alleged that he was then taken to the CISF control room where other officers were also present and he explained his version to them, but they continued to beat him anyway.
“She spoke to me in English and asked for my identity card. The room had a transparent glass pane on the other side of which commuters queued before an ATM inside the station,” Sinha told the newspaper. “The guards kept saying that I had tarnished the country’s name because I was from JNU. She forced me to write a letter apologising for my bad behaviour and assigned a guard to escort me out of the station.”
According to the Telegraph report, the CISF authorities said that there would be an “inquiry under a commandant”. They will also examine the closed-circuit television footage.
Sinha reportedly told The Wire that he is planning to file an FIR on the matter and write a letter to the National Human Rights Commission.