Govt Press team PIB tweets solidarity with Jamia students, deletes minutes later

New Delhi: As the violent clash between students o Jamia Milia Islamia in Delhi and the Delhi police unfolded on the evening of Sunday, 16 December, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) tweeted in solidarity with Jamia students, saying: “Seeing Jamia turn into a war zone is the last thing I expected to see. I can’t let my alma mater bleed.” The tweet included hashtags such as ‘Stop Violence against students’, ‘SOS Jamia’, ‘Reject CAB’ and ‘I stand with Jamia’. The tweet was deleted within minutes, but a screenshot is below:

The tweet, purportedly by a member of the PIB’s social media team and former student of Jamia Millia Islamia, has been traced back to an account on twitter that has since turned off. Several other people have posted tweets berating the alleged team member and, fearing a witch hunt, Indus Dictum has decided to withhold her name.

After deleting the tweet, PIB posted from its official handle that a member of the social media team had posted her personal comments on the issue, saying: “A member of our Social Media team inadvertently tweeted from the @PIB_India handle her personal comments on the situation in Jamia Millia. The error is deeply regretted. Suitable action is being taken.”

The Press Information Bureau (PIB) is the Union Government department mandated with the task to aprise media of the policies and decisions. PIB works under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (I&B).

The protest march by Students of Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi against the Citizenship Act (CAA) on 15 December turned violent as at least three buses and several two-wheelers were set ablaze. Batons and tear gas were used as police were seen chasing protesters through the streets. At least 125 people were injured in the clashes through the evening.

Following the events, students and alumni of the University released a statement early on the morning of 16 December which can be seen here.


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