In the budget session of the parliament, the opposition parties staged a strong protest against the horrific Anti-Muslim riots in North-East Delhi on February 24, 25, 26. It was noticed that evenin the protest opposition was not united. Congress, TMC, Aam Aadmi Party, DMK all protested separately. Parliament session was not allowed to function before Holy. First time inthe history of the intense protests in the Parliament, 7 MPs of the Congress were suspended by the Speaker for the whole session.
After the Holy, when both the parliament houses were resumed, the BJP stood ready to respond to all questions. Home Minister Amit Shah, who is experienced in convicting the victims of Gujarat’s worst Muslim massacre in 2002, responded in a cheerful manner without any shame or sorrow based on RSS ideology that “ every Muslim is a criminal even when he is innocent& every Hindu is innocent even if found involved in a crime “. The English daily Telegraph wrote in its headlines on the front page of February 25 and 26 “Gujarat 2 model-Genociderepeated in Delhi” all the secular newspapers made such similar headlines. All the print media and digital media in the world said that the bloodshed continued for two days in the presence of US President Donald Trump in Delhi, the capital of India the world’s largest democratic country.
Hundreds of houses were burnt to ashes and more than 52 innocent civilians were killed. That brought in fierce criticism that affected the reputation of BJP and India all over the world. During the riots, on the night of February 24, at the request of Harsh Mandar a social activist, Justice Murli Dhār of Delhi high court demanded a response from the Delhi police commissioner and the government in 24 hours. It was beyond tolerancefor the BJP that the Home Ministry and Delhi Police have been questioned for not overcoming the riots. The BJP did not wait even till the breaking of the dawn. Rather, the meeting of the Supreme Court Collegium was convened at one o’clock in the night and orders were issued for Justice Murli Dhār to be transferred to the Chandigarh High Court & he was asked to report their within 24 hours.
When it was morning and the Delhi High Court opened, the case was presented before thebench of the Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice C. Hari Shankar who replaced the Justice Muralidhar’s orders to 4 weeks &adjourned the court for next meeting after 6 weeks. Justice Murlidhar had instructed the Police Commissioner to submit a report in 24 hours’ time.
Meanwhile, no action was taken against Anurag Thakur, Kapil Mishra, Parvesh Verma, and Abhay Verma, who made provocative speeches to incite Brigade of Hindutva. Anurag Thakur’s slogan “Shoot the country’s traitors ” in an election speech, local BJP leader Kapil Sharma repeated on February 21st in the presence of police, addressing those protesting against CAA / NPR. Threatening them that if these protests do not stop in 24 hours, then we will do what we have to do. There was a screaming scare and from the very next day, a riot broke out within 10 km of north-east Delhi.
When Amit Shah visited Kolkata, BJP activists shouted “shoot the traitors” at his rally. Almost 12 people were shot dead by rioters, putting these slogans into practice. When riots broke out in the country and there was a criticism from all over the globe against the BJP government, the BJP / RSS created a new false theory overnight, displaying bigotry and dishonesty;they started accusing the former Aam Aadmi Party councilor Tahir Hussain in the murder of police personnel Ratan Lal and Ankit Sharma. More than 4,000 BJP pro-TV channels have repeatedly tried to accuse Muslims blaming for the death of IB employee Ankit Sharma and police constable Ratan Lal as aconspiracy in which they failed.
Tahir Husain, who called Police for help number of times to escape his house along with his family which was under attack by the riot mob;when the police arrived and took them out of his house safelyhis house was burned and crushed by the riot mob. Now, declaring this a conspiracy, the police also made a theory that Ankit Sharma was brought to Tahir Hussain’s house before being killed and then brutally murdered on hisinstructions while Ankit Sharma’s brother on February 26th In an interview to an international newspaper, had said. Some rioters murdered my brother and threw him while chanting Jai Shri Ram. On February 27, He came under pressure from the police to change hisprevious statement.
Taking part in a debate on NDTV, RSS commentator Desh Ratan Nigam said that there was a huge conspiracy behind the riots in northeast Delhi. We received a lot of information and secrets that would be brought before the country at a proper time. BJP developed False Flag theory in its lab.”Foreign powers & their agencies are involved in it” to suppress and defame what is happening in the country against the CAA/ NPR. A Kashmiri elderly man living in Okhla has been arrested by the NIA by being accused of an ISI agent.
The Delhi riots, Home minister, Amit Shah, while replying to the allegations of opposition in the parliament, in which he tried to conceal beautifully the criminals who have been exposed by the international media who are the real culprits of his Hindu brigade, which was based on series of false statements full of lies. “I only met Donald Trump once,” Amit Shah said. I did not attend any other events and dinners and invitations. I tried to handle the Delhi riots in the best possible manner “I was busy controlling the situation day and night with the top police officials,” he said. That is why in 36 hours, the riots have come under controlhas it ever happened in the past? I had assigned 7 companies of police. There were dark streets in Mustafa Nagar, Shiv Vihar, where police personnel and fire brigade had difficulty getting in, invaders came from villages in UP. We have arrested many people and so on. Then he came back to his false theory and said that we were going to expose it in a few days. A great conspiracy was hatched. He pointed out to the Muslims and said that we have strong evidence as to how the money came from outside to organize protests. How some outside agencies are working through their agents?
Even after the Gujarat genocide, such ISI theory was forged. Six different fake encounters werecarried out in the country. The responsibility for the riots is now being blamed on the victims and their relatives.So far 1,200 people have been detained, most of them Muslim youth. The whole world has witnessed how the police were helping the rioters and helping them with the stones and arson. Many of the videos that are circulating can be watched howthe police have been involved in helping the mob in rioting and arson.The Hindu daily on March 13, 2020 has published an article by Narayanan, an ex-chief of NIA, who wrote in detail on the criminal neglect of the police in the Delhi riots. While Artificial Intelligence is common in the era, all sorts of information is available to the police and only 7,600 of the Delhi Police, comprising 80,000 personnel , were deployed and was found acting like spectators. Doing nothing to stop it is the result of a high level of deliberate policy. The police force has become extremely incompetent and showpiece in this riot.
If police attitude becomes discriminatory in a democracy like India, then the values of democracy will disappear in the future. Delhi riots are causing great criticism from foreign countries to India even small countries where dictatorship and monarchy existsare criticizing India.
In the March 10 issue of India today, the magazine wrote a detailed review of North East Delhi riots, winners in the recent elections all the 8 BJP MLAs are from this area. The proportion of the population of the area is Hindus 68.22% and Muslims 29.34%. The death toll is 52 and 300 were injured and in addition to that using a special App only 200 cars of Muslims, 300 motorcycles and 122 houses and schools and 4 madrassas 5 godowns, were burned to ashes. Despite all that, the current NIA adviser, Ajit Doval, was entrusted with the responsibility. Now, the government and the BJP are embroiled in how should they successfully blame on Muslims for provoking a riot or all videos are being subverted. Kashmir is a common trend in courts to honor riot criminals. You can file any case but the rioter will be set free of jail by making him a hero.
India Today wrote at the end of its editorial that unless the political parties agreed and abandoned the agenda of hate, & followed a unity in diversity policy with top priority given to the secular values; in the absence of it the social fabric of India will be torn apart as there is no concept of civilization without the concept of peaceful co-existence of its various social entities. Unless the elections are not being fought on issues such as economic development, infrastructure development, healthcare for all, education for all and communal harmony the social atmosphere of the country is going to remain polluted & we will be forced to ask this question after Delhi which is the next city on target?
Home Minister’s statement on NPR: In Rajya Sabha, Amit Shah made two statements while speaking on NPR
Paper will not be asked and the other ‘D’ will not be applied to anyone. Amit Shah and his government are experts at issuing meaningful dubious statements to mislead the nation,and changing statements over time. If both of these assurances are really the government’s decision, then the law should be amended immediately verbally given assurances cannot be relied upon unless they are enacted into a law. Enumerators in the field will work under the orders of the Registrar of NPR and BJP leaders will lie and try to lure people. It remains to be seen whether the Civil Societies will take their protest to the stage of success or else the recent statement will end the protest by falling victim to the confusion of verbal assurances by the Home Minister Amit Sha.
By Mr. Nazimuddin Farooqi
(Scholar, Senior Analyst, Columnist, Opinion Leader, and Social worker)