‘Criminalising peaceful protests’: CPI (M) on supplementary Delhi riots chargesheet

New Delhi, September 13

The CPI(M) on Sunday criticised the federal government over the reference to its chief Sitaram Yechury and a few civil society members in a supplementary chargesheet filed by the Delhi Police which cites statements from some accused to say that they mobilised anti-CAA protestors.

“The CPI(M) condemns this obnoxious action by the Delhi Police to further the narrative of its political masters and urges the government to desist from such acts of criminalising peaceful political protests,” the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Politburo stated in a press release.

The response got here a day after it was reported that the names of CPI(M) common secretary Yechury, Swaraj Abhiyan chief Yogendra Yadav, economist Jayati Ghosh and Delhi University professor Apoorvanand determine within the supplementary chargesheet within the February riots instances, allegedly for “provoking and mobilising” anti-CAA protesters.

The Sunday assertion by the Politburo stated it was “shocked by the brazenness with which the Delhi Police, acting under Home Minister Amit Shah, has tried to implicate prominent political leadership, academics, cultural personalities and activists in connection with the horrific communal violence in North East Delhi in February”.

“No condemnation is strong enough for this act of crude partisanship and vengeance,” the assertion stated.

It additionally alleged that it was clear “the BJP-RSS has gone about portraying Delhi riots being a deep-rooted conspiracy” by anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters.

“This is consistent with the rising sample of probably the most blatant abuse of the police and different central businesses like CBI, NIA, ED to border outstanding opponents and demonise them.

“The sample contains slapping of provisions of draconian NSA, UAPA and Sedition Act to harass and incarcerate those that vigorously oppose such blatant misuse of powers by the federal government opposite to that as ordained by the Constitution,¨ it stated. 

The CPI (M) additionally demanded unconditional launch of “political prisoners who are incarcerating in cases under trumped up charges”.

“The Politburo urges its units all over the country and appeals to all the parties, organisations and individuals who are committed to democracy and values of the Constitution, to protest this dastardly attack on democracy,” the assertion stated.

Delhi Police sources had on Saturday downplayed the complete matter, saying one in every of accused had disclosed these names of their disclosure assertion.

The Delhi Police has not filed a chargesheet “against” them, the sources had stated.

“The disclosure statement has been truthfully recorded as narrated by the accused person. A person is not arraigned as an accused only on the basis of disclosure statement,” a police PRO had stated. PTI

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