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Order to go soft to Hindus in Delhi riots probe: Petition seeks Presidential intervention

By Our Representative
Protesting against a reported letter to the Delhi Police officers asking them to remain alert to the “feelings” of Hindus while investigating communal violence that had hit North-East Delhi in February third week, a petition floated by well-known Delhi-based human rights organization, Anhad, has said that it “puts a question mark on the impartiality of the investigative agency” and “demonstrates its inclination to placate one community at the cost of the other.”
To be forwarded to the President of India, the petition, which seeks signature from wide public, quotes the report as saying that the letter, sent by the Special Commissioner of Police (Crime), refers to how the arrests of “some Hindu youth” from riot-hit areas in area has led to a “degree of resentment among the Hindu community”, hence “due care and precaution” must be taken while making arrests.
“The blatant partisanship of the police as expressed in the letter only supports the doubts in the minds of the minority Muslims who have been claiming that even after them being the main targets and victims of the violence, the police has made disproportionate arrests from the community and has been targeting them under the garb of investigation”, the petition says.
Referring to the affidavit of the police in the court literally exonerating BJP leaders who had allegedly given provocative speeches against Muslims and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protestors, the petition asks President Ramnath Kovind to “to take note of the seriousness of the situation and intervene”, pointing out, “The role of the Delhi Police during the violence has been criticized by independent observers who found them to be clearly acting against Muslims...”

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