Delhi riots: DMC fact-finding report names Kapil Mishra, calls out Delhi Police

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 18

A fact-finding report by the Delhi Minorities Commission has named senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders and known as out the Delhi Police for its “role” and “failure to protect life and property” throughout the riots in northeast Delhi earlier this 12 months.

 The 130-page report launched by the Chairman of Delhi Minorities Commission, Zafrul Islam Khan, and submitted to the Delhi Government is extremely vital of the position of BJP leaders and the police within the riots.

While the Delhi Police and the BJP have trashed the report, sources within the Delhi authorities stated Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal “may consider some of the recommendations of the committee”. 

According to the “Report of the Fact-Finding Committee on the North-East Delhi Riots of February 2020” by the nine-member committee chaired by Supreme Court advocate MR Shamshad and comprising Haseena Hashia, Tehmina Arora, Gurminder Singh Matharu, Saleem Baig, Aditi Dutta, Tanvir Kazi, Abu Bakr Sabbaq and Devika Prasad, “even after the violence there continued to be bias against the Muslims in registration of FIRs and investigation of cases”.

Along with the allegations of “inaction” by the police throughout and after riots, the report additionally factors fingers at senior BJP leaders like Amit Shah and Adityanath, for “inciting” folks by speeches throughout the Assembly elections. “There were a number of speeches by Delhi BJP leaders inciting people to violence against anti-CAA protesters,” it stated. 

But within the “Findings of the Report” part, underneath the subhead “Initiation of the Violence” it particularly names BJP chief Kapil Mishra.

“Violence started in different pockets almost immediately after the short speech made by BJP leader Kapil Mishra on February 23  in which he called for forcefully removing anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protesters at Jafrabad in northeast Delhi,” it stated

“He (Mishra) clearly said he and his supporters will take matters in their own hand alluding to extralegal vigilante tactics,” the report stated, additionally stating that “the Deputy Commissioner of Police North East district, Ved Prakash Surya, was standing next to Misra when he said after that we will not listen to the police.”

According to the report, “multiple testimonies collected by the committee recount reports of police inaction even as violence unfolded, or of police not reaching despite repeated calls on emergency call number”.

Testimonies of affected folks revealed violence was not spontaneous like a “riot” and was “planned, organised and targeted”, it stated

“In several areas of North East Delhi, properties owned by Muslims were looted, burnt and completely destroyed. Armed mobs chanting slogans selectively attacked Muslim individuals, houses, shops, vehicles, mosques and other properties,” it stated. 

Mobs have been heard chanting non secular and provocative slogans whereas attacking homes, outlets and automobile and properties of the minority neighborhood, it alleged. 

The report additionally famous that even after 4 months of the violence, verification course of for compensation to victims has not been accomplished in lots of instances. It beneficial that the federal government ought to type a five-member committee, headed by a retired High Court decide, to make sure correct registration of FIRs, recording of statements of victims, chargesheet assessment, and probe the position of the Delhi Police, amongst different issues. It additionally beneficial compensation to all victims and deputing trial courtroom advocates to render authorized to them.

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