Editorial

Rubbing salt to injury

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 9/15/2020 1:11:13 PM IST

 Delhi Police, which is under the union home ministry, has set its task of registering and prosecuting cases against all those involved with the February riots in North East Delhi. It may be recalled that visiting US president Donald Trump was in India from February 24 to February 25. Tension was already brewing especially over the Citizenship Amendment Act(CAA) passed by parliament where various political and civil society organisations protested against the selective exclusion of Muslims. As per the CAA, citizenship can be granted only to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhits, Christians or Parsis who came to India due to religious persecution or fear of religious persecution from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan after December 31,2014. The riots triggered by highly incendiary and communal statements by right wing politicians originated at Jaffrabad in north east Delhi where gangs of communal elements followed up after ultimatum issued by a BJP leader Kapil Mishra on Delhi Police to clear the women on sit-in demonstration against the CAA or else they would be forcibly evicted. The riots spread to various parts of north east Delhi where multiple waves of bloodshed, property destruction, and rioting took place, which went on for around six days. The riots left 53 dead, two thirds of who were Muslims. The dead also included a policeman, an intelligence officer and over a dozen Hindus, who were shot or assaulted. In the aftermath of the gory and violence, the Delhi Police was tasked with probing the riots, identify those responsible and filing FIRs. The role of the Delhi Police as probe agency does not inspire confidence. It may be also pointed out that the Delhi Police took no action even though they were present when the violence resulted in murders. A video shared on social media on February 26 showed a group of men being assaulted by the police as they lay on the ground, forcibly singing the national anthem of India and "Vande Mataram" on the demands of the policemen. The home ministry also refused to bring in the Army to control the riots and stated that the number of central forces and policemen on the ground was adequate. More than 6,000 police and paramilitary personnel were deployed in the area. The Police directed its probe overwhelmingly against the targeted community and not the perpetrators. Even the judge of the Delhi High Court, Justice S. Muralidhar, who had presided over the plea hearing, was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court. This was the same day on which he had condemned the Delhi Police for its failure in controlling the riots or filing cases against BJP leaders- Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma- for hate speech. Shockingly instead, Delhi Police have named CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Swaraj Abhiyan’s Yogendra Yadav, economist Jayati Ghosh, DU professor Apoorvanand and documentary filmmaker Rahul Roy in a supplementary chargesheet. It is indeed a gross travesty of justice and by doing the unthinkable-selective probe against those who spoke out against CAA while ignoring those who incited violence- the police have done not only injustice on themselves for toeing the line of their political masters. The Supreme Court should step in and ensure that no one is above the law so as to regain the image of the country in the eyes of the world. 

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