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Prominent Names Dragged In Delhi Violence Cases

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The way the police investigation into Delhi violence is unfolding clearly suggest that the aim of the investigation is not to give justice to the victims. The prime aim of the police investigation is to target the Muslims, anti-CAA movement and protect the real culprits belonging to the Sangh groups. For the past few months, the police has been witch-hunting anti-CAA activists by making a series of arrests during the lockdown and before it.

Along with the anti-CAA activists, the police is trying to lay hands on those Muslim figures and groups which landed in controversy for wrong reasons. Latching on their controversial image, the Delhi police is trying to drag their names in the Delhi violence cases which will help to strengthen the narrative that the Modi government wants to promote about the riots. The narrative the central government and the police want to promote is that the violence in northeast Delhi had been carried out by the Muslim groups and anti-CAA activists rather than Hindutva groups. For this purpose, the police has been arresting anti-CAA activists who are mostly Muslims.

Apart from the activists, now the government has also brought forth other prominent Muslim faces to give twist in their biased investigation. The police is now claiming that Islamic preacher Zakir Naik has also played role in the violence. The police made this claim despite the fact that Zakir Naik is outside the country for years. But they have devised very interesting way to bring Zakir Naik in the case. The police claimed that one of anti-CAA activists Khalid Saifi, who has been named by the police in the charge sheet, had met Naik and sought his help in this regard.

“The passport and travel details of the accused confirm that accused Khalid (Saifi) travelled outside India and met persons including fugitive Zakir Naik in order to get support/funds for spreading his agenda, “claimed the police in the Patiala house court on 15 June when it filed application for extending the date of filing charge sheet.

This claim made by the police has been rubbished by the lawyers of both Naik and Saifi saying that this is a baseless claim. But the interesting point is the way the police brought the name of Naik in the Delhi violence. Leaving the facts aside, a large number of people would have already believed the claim of police about the involvement of Naik in the riot cases given his controversial images created in the media.

In the similar interesting way, the police also brought the name of Tablighi Jamaat in the riot cases given the Jamaat landed in the controversy due to its event at the time of Corona outbreak and the way the media blew it out of proportion. In a charge sheet filed in riot cases, the police made claim that one accused Faisal Farooque was in touch with the Tablighi Jamaat and Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband.

“His call detail analysis and links with prominent members of Popular Front of India, PinjraTod group, Jamia Coordination Committee, Hazrat Nizamuddin Markaz and some other fundamental muslim clerics including Deoband also show the depth of the conspiracy. In fact, it has been found that Faisal Farooque had visited Deoband just one day before the riots started, i.e. on 23.2.2020,” the police has claimed.

The Police did not spare even human rights activist Harsh Mander, who is well-known for fighting for the rights of minorities and marginalized communities. The police claimed that the speech delivered by Mander, two months before the riots at Jamia Millia Islamia on the CAA has caused the violence in Jafferabad. At the same time, all the charge sheets filed by the police in the Delhi violence cases are silent about the provocative speeches given by BJP leader Kapil Mishra hours before the violence broke out in Jafferabad. The police did not name him despite the fact that the Delhi High Court asked the police to file an FIR against Kapil Mishra, Pravesh Verma and Anuragh Thakur. Mander has been named in the charge sheet despite the fact that he urged the protesters in that speech to shun violence.

These instances make it very clear that the police does not want to punish the real culprits. Instead, they actually want to protect the real culprits by implicating the innocent and unrelated people in the violence.

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