Editorial

Under scanner

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 7/20/2020 12:43:22 PM IST

 For every citizen of India, Delhi holds a place of pride because it is the national capital as well as having a rich culture and history and a symbol diversity where major communities exist. There have been dark pages in Delhi’s past history but they are less remembered than the ghastly 1984 anti-Sikh riots when, officially, some 3000 Sikh men, women and children were killed. Another dark chapter, though of less ferocity was the February 23,2020 riots over the Citizenship Amendment Act at several parts of north east Delhi where over 50 were killed. A combination of political and communal mix is believed to have led to the riots. The anti-Sikh pogrom in 1984 following the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi continues to rekindle deep hurt and bitterness as the wheels of justice appear to be slower than a tortoise. After volumes have been written in various reports on the 1984 riots, it seems no lesson has been learnt. A fact-finding committee appointed by the Delhi Minority Commission on the February Delhi riots has held the Delhi Police “complicit” in the violence. The report accused Delhi Police of inaction during the peak of the violence and carrying out a biased investigation. The report also did not spare the AAP government which has been indicted for allegedly failing to rehabilitate victims properly even four months after the violence. The committee has squarely laid the blame for the riots on Delhi Police, which is under the control of the ministry of home affairs and not the Delhi government. In its report, the committee, said Delhi Police had encouraged or even participated in the February 23 riots in several parts of north east Delhi. Though the sin of omission or commission by the Delhi Police may be subject to an impartial and high-level inquiry; yet there is no doubt that such reports in the past have failed to bring changes. What is clear in the committee report is that Delhi Police failed to nip trouble in the bud. According to the committee, violence erupted in parts of North East Delhi on February 23,2020 soon after BJP leader Kapil Mishra made a short speech calling for forcefully removing anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protesters at Jafrabad, a “Report of the Fact-Finding Committee on the North-East Delhi Riots of February 2020” has noted. No police action was taken despite his speech being widely telecast on national media for days. Mishra was earlier a minister under the AAP government but was sacked on allegations of corruption. He was disqualified as MLA and later joined BJP. In January 2020, he stirred up a controversy when he likened the 2020 Delhi Legislative Assembly election to an India versus Pakistan contest. On February 26,2020 the Delhi High court had ordered FIRs against BJP leaders- Kapil Mishra , MoS finance Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma MP. The Delhi Minority Commission’s report, released five months said that the violence “was seemingly planned and directed to teach a lesson to a certain community which dared to protest against a discriminatory law.” However, in a twist to the riots, a group of “intellectuals and academicians” submitted another report on March 11,2020 in which they had squarely blamed the riots as the handiwork of an “urban-Naxal-Jihadi’ network. In this case, it is not reports alone but an absolutely fair, impartial and high level probe that can unearth the facts.

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