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Delhi Violence: Police On Spree To Frame Muslims As Culprits

Those who are carrying out relief work in violence-hit areas say that the police is randomly picking up Muslims from colonies.

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In the four day during 23-26, Hindutva mob carried out massive violence against Muslims in northeast Delhi. They burnt people alive, shot them, attacked them with sharp weapons, set the shops and houses on fire, looted them and burnt down around two dozen mosques and mazars. Over 54 people have been killed and hundreds injured. And thousands of people escaped the death who are living in the relief camps. They are reluctant to go back home as they have lost their trust with their neighbors who were indulged in the violence against them.

This all happened on the police watch and the government’s complicity. The police was either taking part in the violence or mute spectators. They were not taking action against the rioters who were roaming around the areas to kill Muslims and set their properties on fire.

The first responsibility for all this lies with the Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Because, he not just failed to stop this anti-Muslim pogrom but also allowed it happen for four days. It’s he who has to answer why the police take part in the violence. It’s he who has to answer why the police did not act against the rioters. It’s he who has to answer why he abdicated his constitutional responsibilities. He has to answer how the violence continued taking place under his nose. There are two options: whether he is incompetent to fulfill his constitutional responsibilities or he allowed the violence to happen. In both the situations, he is responsible for the Delhi pogrom. He must resign from his post.

The evidence shows that he allowed it happen or sponsor it. He must be probed for his involvement in the Delhi pogrom. If he does not resign taking responsibility of the pogrom, he may sponsor or allow another pogrom in the coming days. Second, the police personnel who was involved in the violence must be booked and fired from his job.

These are the very crucial things which need to be done if India consider itself a normal democracy and the government believes in justice and constitutional responsibility.

However, this is not happening. The government did not allow the discussion on the Delhi pogrom in the parliament. The mainstream media as usual did not hold the government accountable for the violence. Rather, they are trying to protect the government.

Making Victims as Culprits

On the other hand, the Muslims, who were the victims of the violence, are being framed in the violence cases. There are reports that the Delhi police is making the Muslim victims, who were harmed and lost their properties, as accused in the violence. It has arrested thousands of people and filed hundreds of cases but did not reveal the names of the accused. Activists moved the court asking the police to reveal the details of the arrested ones and the cases.

Those who are carrying out relief work in violence-hit areas say that the police is randomly picking up Muslims from colonies. A student activist Kawalpreet Kaur is one among the people who are working for relief in the affected areas. She put out messages multiple times on social media saying that Muslims are randomly being picked up by the police to frame in the Delhi violence.

“The number of Muslim men being picked up randomly from North East Delhi can run in thousand. Each hour new information comes of someone being picked by police citing their presence in inquiry. Sinister pattern at work is to criminalize local Muslims and present them as villain in the entire violence. It is Muslims who have been largely killed, attacked, had their mosques and shops burnt by organized mobs sponsored by ruling party,” she wrote on her Facebook account.

Social Activist Nadeem Khan also said that the victims including the masjid imam, who lost their properties, are being arrested and made culprits in the violence. The Print reported that a Muslim, who was guarding a temple at Jaffarabad’s Nehru Vihar, was arrested by the police. At Jaffarabad’s relief camp, several families approached the legal aid and the police with the complaint that their people were arrested by the police. One of the victims Fatima said that her husband and son were arrested by the police from the area.

These reports show that instead of nabbing the real culprits, the government has been going after the victims themselves. The police are on the spree to frame Muslims including the victims of the violence as many as they need to show the people. This impartiality against Muslims was reflected in the police and the government at the moment itself when they failed to act against the rioters.

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  1. […] “There are reports that the Delhi police is making the Muslim victims, who were harmed and lost their properties, as accused in the violence. It has arrested thousands of people and filed hundreds of cases but did not reveal the names of the accused. Activists moved the court asking the police to reveal the details of the arrested ones and the cases,” Delhi based journalist Waquar Hasan wrote in an article published in The Companion. […]

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