The horrible violence against Muslims for three days in Delhi’s Jaffarabad was not possible at all without active involvement and the complicit role played by the police and the government. In the regard of the role of the cops and government in the communal violence, an senior IPS officer Najmul Hoda was quoted saying “As a police officer with two decades of experience, and having handled many such situations, I say this with evidence and experience backed authority that a riot may start because of our lack of intelligence, negligence, incompetence and insufficient strength, but it cannot continue beyond an hour or spread beyond its epicenter unless the government wants it to continue and spread”.
This is what happened in Jaffarabad communal attack as well. There are enough pieces of evidence, reports, videos and eyewitnesses on record which show that the police not just allowed the mob to carry out communal attacks but also participated in the violence. There are videos emerging on social site which show the police taking part in the violence. There are news reports which tell that the police personnel standing by while the rioters were attacking the people, vandalizing houses and setting shops on the fire. There are the victims who are directly pointing finger at the police’s complicity.
The violence had broken out on Sunday night when Muslim houses were targeted after BJP leader Kapil Mishra made provocative speeches in front of pro-CAA crowd. It was started next day morning and continue happening the whole day. But the police personnel did not take necessary measures to stop the violence. It went on whole day on Monday. On Monday evening, the political leaders including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal started reacting on the ongoing communal violence and demanded to put a stop to the unbridled mob. Yet, the Delhi police did not make the strict arrangements to deal with the mob going around to kill people and burn the houses and shops.
In the meantime, the police was making some politically correct statements saying that the situation is under control even though the mob was out there to unleash horrible violence in the Muslim localities. The police has come up with some optics of flag march. They were releasing videos of police forces’ flag march in those areas where the violence was not happening at that time. This continued till Tuesday. There were reports of the police not allowing the ambulance carrying the injured to reach the hospital. They allowed it only after the Delhi HC ordered the police to do so in a wee hour hearing.
Why the police was not taking action against the rioters? This was because they were not given power to take action as the chief minister Arvind Kejriwal revealed in the press conference held after a meeting with Delhi MLAs. In the press conference, Kejriwal also said that there was also lack of police forces on the ground.
After Kejriwal’s meeting with the MLAs, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, whom the Delhi police report to, held meeting with Kejriwal and Delhi Lieutenant governor Anil Baijal reportedly to review the law and order issue. After the meeting, Amit Shah wrote a letter in the name of police constable Ratan Lal. Amit Shah also issued statements in which he denied the lack of police personnel on the ground and their inaction against the rioters. However, Amit Shah did not make any appeal to the people to maintain peace and not urged them to shun violence. Even after Amit Shah’s meeting, the rioters and mob having weapons continue roaming around in Jaffarabad areas and targeting Muslims and their properties. In the communal violence, around 40 people have been killed and more than two hundred got injured.
On Tuesday, the police reportedly imposed curfew in the affected areas and issued order to shoot at sight. Yet, the mob was roaming around the areas and target Muslims by chanting Jai Shri Ram. In the late night, National Advisor Council (NSA) Ajit Doval visited the affected areas. Yet, the violence was continued at whole night on Tuesday after Doval’s visit. The violence was carried out on Wednesday also.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had been accused of overseeing Gujarat’s anti-Muslim pogrom, did not make any comments on the ongoing communal violence. He did not appeal for peace nor call any meeting to take stock of the issue while the violence was going on. His comment came only after Congress President Sonia Gandhi held the Central government responsible for the communal violence and asked the resignation of Home Minister Amit Shah.
These entire sequences of events and the reports which came to the fore clearly suggest that the Central government especially Amit Shah is complicit in the Jaffarabad violence as Modi was in Gujarat violence.