Cop or RSS volunteer - who's the guy in plain clothes seen during CAA protests in Delhi?
Photo: Pankaj Mishra/Twitter

The recent clashes between the police and people protesting the Citizenship Amendment Act have left many injured and also damaged public property.

As the police tried to break the protests many photos from the protests were shared. One thing that has however caught the eye of many on social media is the fact that some of the individuals who are seemingly part of the police teams wear no uniform.

One picture that has now been widely circulated shows an individual sporting a protective vest and standing with a group of other officials, holding a staff and wearing a red t-shirt and jeans.

Now, even as the Supreme Court hears pleas on alleged police atrocities on persons protesting against Citizenship Amendment Act, netizens are raising a parallel question.

Who is this person? Is he part of the police force? If yes, why is he not in uniform like his peers? And if not, why is he working side by side with officials to beat back the protesters?

Many social media users have raised similar questions. Many had even alleged that the man in question was an RSS volunteer and a Akhil Bhartiya Vishwa Parishad leader ABVP.

Well, according to a report by The Print, these rumours are incorrect. The Delhi Police told publication that that the man in question is Constable Arvind who is posted with the Anti-Auto Theft Squad (AATS), South District.

The police also said that there was nothing wrong with his attire as those belonging to special units often operate in civil clothes.

But this is not the only photo under the scanner.

Another photo shows a man raising his baton while advancing on protesters. This particular photo has caught the eye of many on Twitter largely because the man does not wear a uniform even as he joins them in managing the crowd.

It is however necessary to mention here that while the photo mentioned above is undoubtedly part of the recent Delhi protest, the author could not ascertain the identity of the individual in question. Neither has the police made an identification.

"The person who is seen hitting a fellow student is someone else. We are looking into the video. We are still not clear if this video is from Delhi University or some other campus,” officials said.

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