SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)
After visiting the Trilokpuri riot-affected area and talking to several people, a delegation of National Committee for Legal Redressal and Justice (NCLR) on Monday wrote to the Delhi Minorities Commission demanding thorough, transparent probe and impartial treatment to all detained.
“It seemed clear that a deep hatred based on rumours and stereotypes had been generated in the Hindu residents through some well-oiled propaganda machine. … (But) though the rumour mill was working, the police intelligence failed to take note of it,” the letter by NCLR to the DMC said.
Since October 23, Trilokpuri’ block 15 had witnessed communal tension, leading to scores of people injured in police action and clamping of section 144 in the area. Police have also arrested 44 persons mentioned in three different FIRs.
The team headed by Kamal Faruqui, NCLR general secretary, Advocate Abu Bakr Sabbaq and activists Azeem Naved and Kashif Ahmad Faraz in its letter pointed out that “the police didn’t act initially when two-sided stone pelting happened but when it sprung into action, it crushed only one side – male police beating up Muslim women, random Muslim youths picked up and brutally beaten by police in police station Mayur Vihar phase-1.”
“Many young men are being illegally detained for long periods, and political representatives of one segment of the young men are being permitted to enter the police stations, whereas other lawyers and senior activists are not being permitted to enter the police stations,” it further said.
The team demanded that the local police are firmly instructed to function in ways that are transparent, bipartisan and fair; the list of all person, their religious identity, sex, age and section under which they are arrested be provided to them; all persons who are detained in connection with the violence are presented before a magistrate, and due and fair process of law not only followed but seen to be followed by all affected people; medical tests should be done of all injured persons and family members and lawyers be permitted to meet the detained persons.