Delhi Riots: Probe Targeted Towards One End Says Court Pulls Up Police

The court requested the concerned officials to ‘monitor’ the inquiry to ‘ensure a fair investigation’ in Delhi Riots that left at least 53 people dead.

New Delhi| A lower court has pulled up the Delhi Police on its probe into the Delhi riots that took place in February 2020, The Quint reported.

“Perusal of the case diary reveals a disturbing fact. The investigation seems to be targetted only towards one end. Upon enquiry from Inspector Lokesh and Anil, they have failed to point out what investigation has been carried out so far regarding the involvement of the rival faction,” Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana observed on Wednesday 27 May.

This came amid accusations from student activists that the police have been targeting them for gathering peaceful anti-CAA protests since December 2019.

The introduction of the new citizenship law stirred a wave of spontaneous dissent in India which was mainly led by students and women from different the states.

The movement that mainly began from the capital city had already reached many parts of the country within 15 days. Many ‘Shaheen Baghs’ were launched.

During the rise of Anti-CAA movement, simultaneously, many violent incidents occurred– which were not a part of this protest.

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The Jamia AMU and JNU attack, the widespread violence in Assam and parts of Delhi and UP, attacks Shaheen Bagh/ Jamia protesters by gunmen, and the most deadly was the Delhi Riots when US President Donald Trump visited India.

Many people, mainly students and activists, have been arrested for ‘inciting’ Delhi riots. It has been claimed that most of them are from the minority community.

On Saturday, the Delhi Police arrested two founding members of the women-led rights movement, Pinjra Tod, for taking part in a sit-in Anti-CAA protest at Jafrabad in February this year.

However, they were granted bail. But police rearrested them. This time, police claimed to have acted on an FIR that includes murder charges.

The same pattern of additional FIRs with more serious charges had earlier been noted in previous arrests connected to the Delhi riots, such as that of Jamia Millia Islamia student Safoora Zargar.

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