Delhi Court: ‘Delhi Riots Probe Directed Towards One End’

The Delhi court pulled the Delhi Police for its enquiry over the communal violence that took place in February 2020. On Wednesday 27 May, Dharmender Rana, additional Sessions Judge observed upon inspecting this case that the investigation seems to target only one side. He further said that when inspector Lokesh and Anil have failed to pinpoint about the investigation carried out regarding the involvement of the rival faction.

Dharmender Rana sits at the Patiala House Court. He made this observation in a hand-written ruling during a hearing on the custody of JMI student Asif Iqbal Tanha. The police arrested Asif Iqbal Tanha last week.

The court placed Tanha on judicial custody for 30 days.

As told by Sowjhanya Shankaran, “This is an extremely important observation as far as the entire probe into the Delhi riots is concerned,” reported The Quint.

Delhi Court Referred The Investigation Done As “One Direction Only”

As the made arrests consist the majority of people who took part in the protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, it appears that this is what the court is referring to this when it says “one direction only”.

The “rival faction” therefore would be pro-CAA or right-wing elements who may have taken part in the communal violence. Therefore the court may have indirectly vindicated what many activists have been alleging for some time now – that the police is going soft on the right-wingers and targetting mainly the anti-CAA protesters.

The court has urged the concerned DCP to “monitor” the probe to ensure a fair investigation.

Earlier, Muslim organizations and Civil society members have written a letter to the Union Home Minister.

The letter written made complains about all the arrests made by Delhi police amidst this lockdown.

The letter further said that the Delhi police have been targeting people who were peacefully protesting as anti-CAA protestors.

Between February 23 and 26 in NE Delhi, clashes arose between the supporters of the law and those opposing it.

These clashes resulted in killing 53 people and the injury of hundreds. In Muslim neighbourhoods accusations made on the police, of either inaction or conspiracy in some instances of violence. Ever since the Delhi saw anti-Sikh riots in 1984, this north-east violence was the worst.

Jawaharlal Nehru Student Umar Khalid, and Jamia Millia Islamia students Meeran Haider and Safoora Zargar were also arrested under UAPA. The students booked for the offences of sedition, murder, attempt to murder, and many more.


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