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Published On: Wed, Feb 26th, 2020

Top Court Slams Delhi Police for ‘Unprofessionalism’ While Handling Riots

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2020_2img26_Feb_2020_PTI2_26_2020_000036B-1200x600NEW DELHI : In oral remarks on Wednesday, the Supreme Court slammed the Delhi police for how it has handled riots in the ongoing part of the city. Justice K.M. Joseph said, “Regarding police inaction, I want to say certain things. If I don’t, I won’t be discharging my duty. I have my loyalty towards this institution, towards this country…”
The bench of Justices Joseph and Sanjay Kishan Kaul were hearing a petition on the Shaheen Bagh sit-in protest, which yesterday had been clubbed with petitions seeking a direction to the police to file FIRs on the riots.
The Supreme Court disposed off the new petitions, as it was told that a similar hearing was taking place in the Delhi high court. However, the judges expressed their opinions orally and said that the riots were “unfortunate”.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta objected to this, saying it would “legitimise the violence”. “In this environment, you should not make such remarks…officials will be demoralised,” Mehta said.
Meanwhile,Delhi High Court on Wednesday passed a series of orders stating that “another 1984-like situation cannot be allowed to happen in the city under its watch.” In a strongly-worded warning, Justice S Muralidhar cautioned the authorities to remain alert so that the carnage caused during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots is not repeated.
At least 27 have died and over 200 have been injured after four straight days of clashes over the citizenship law. Amid the unprecedented violence, over which the Delhi High Court today issued a sharp reprimand to Delhi Police, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his first public statement, calling for “peace and brotherhood”.
Amid the unprecedented violence, over which the Delhi High Court today issued a sharp reprimand to Delhi Police, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his first public statement, calling for “peace and brotherhood”.Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik has been given till Thursday to review videos of the speeches and take a “conscious decision”.
prompting Justice S Muralidhar to assert “the court would not allow another 1984 scenario”. Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik has been given till Thursday to review videos of the speeches and take a “conscious decision”.
Home Minister Amit Shah, under fire for failure to control the violence, has held multiple review meetings. Delhi Police has filed 18 FIRs and arrested 106 people in connection with the violence, which they say is now under control.
A furious Delhi High Court has urged police to file FIRs against those making hateful and inflammatory speeches. The court’s observation came after speeches made by four BJP leaders, including Union Minister Anurag Thakur and local leader Kapil Mishra (whose rally in northeast Delhi on Sunday afternoon has been accused of inciting violence), were played in open court, prompting Justice S Muralidhar to assert “the court would not allow another 1984 scenario”.
Reports of arson emerged from northeast Delhi’s Bhajanpura this evening, hours after NSA Ajit Doval visited violence-affected areas of the national capital to offer personal guarantees that the government would restore peace. At least 27 have died and over 200 have been injured after four straight days of clashes over the citizenship law.
A furious Delhi High Court has urged police to file FIRs against those making hateful and inflammatory speeches. The court’s observation came after speeches made by four BJP leaders, including Union Minister Anurag Thakur and local leader Kapil Mishra (whose rally in northeast Delhi on Sunday afternoon has been accused of inciting violence), were played in open court,

NSA Ajit Doval, who has been tasked with restoring law and order in the national capital, made a second visit to violence-hit areas this evening. Mr Doval, who walked with a convoy of police officials in Jafrabad, one of the worst-hit areas, told reporters: “Inshallah, there will be peace here”.
Shortly before that he was confronted by a young girl who made an emotional appeal for help. “I give you my word,” he told her. The decision to rope in Mr Doval has raised eyebrows given Delhi Police reports to Amit Shah.
PM Modi, making his first official statement since violence erupted on Sunday, said he had held “an extensive review of the situation (and) police and other agencies are working to ensure peace and normalcy”. Calling for calm, he tweeted: “Peace and harmony are central to our ethos. I appeal to my sisters and brothers to maintain peace and brotherhood. It is important that calm and normalcy is restored at the earliest.”
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal demanding the Army be called in – something the Home Ministry has so far refused to do – the Chief Minister held outsiders and political elements responsible for the violence.
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi launched a broadside at Amit Shah, demanding he take responsibility and resign. Mrs Gandhi also took aim at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, accusing both governments of not taking adequate steps to control the situation when it broke on Sunday.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, also hit out at the BJP, describing its silence on hate speeches by its leaders as “shameful”. Fresh violence was reported this morning with incidents of arson and stone throwing taking place.
A flag march was conducted there and in the Khajuri Khas area. Large gatherings in northeast Delhi continue to be banned under Section 144, but appear to have little effect. Police have refused to confirm the issue of “shoot on sight” orders.
Among the deaths reported today was that of Ankit Sharma, an Intelligence Bureau official whose body was found stuffed in a drain in Jafrabad. Mr Sharma worked as a Security Assistant. He was allegedly attacked by a mob at Chand Bagh Bridge and beaten to death. After his body was recovered his father, Ravinder Sharma, who is also an IB employee, accused supporters of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party of killing his son.
The violence, which has left several neighbourhoods looking like war zones, also led to the postponement of CBSE board exams for a second straight day. Five exams – two for Class X and three for Class XII – had been deferred yesterday after appeals by students.

Government sources say the violence has been “orchestrated”, as it came at a time when US President Donald Trump was visiting the country. Asked for his reaction to the violence, Mr Trump said it was “up to India” to deal with it”. However, he did say the United States appreciated PM Modi’s efforts to ensure religious freedom in India.

Fresh violence was reported this morning with incidents of arson and stone throwing taking place. A battery shop was set on fire in Bhajanpura; the shop was vandalised and burnt batteries were strewn on the road, according to news agency PTI. A flag march was conducted there and in the Khajuri Khas area.
Among the deaths reported today was that of Ankit Sharma, an Intelligence Bureau official whose body was found stuffed in a drain in Jafrabad. Mr Sharma worked as a Security Assistant. He was allegedly attacked by a mob at Chand Bagh Bridge and beaten to death. After his body was recovered his father, Ravinder Sharma, who is also an IB employee, accused supporters of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party of killing his son.
Amid the bloodshed and the tragedy, stories of brotherhood and people of different communities and religions standing against the hate has lifted spirits. Midway between Jafrabad and Maujpur, one mohalla has emerged as a relative haven of peace.
The violence, which has left several neighbourhoods looking like war zones, also led to the postponement of CBSE board exams for a second straight day. Five exams – two for Class X and three for Class XII – had been deferred yesterday after appeals by students.

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