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Delhi minorities panel chief wants probe into ‘misbehaviour’ with riot victims seeking relief

Minorities panel chief Zafarul Islam Khan wrote to Northeast Delhi’s DM, seeking inquiry into ‘misbehaviour & abusive language’ used for riot victims by Karawal Nagar SDM.

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New Delhi: Chairman of Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) Zafarul Islam Khan has sent a letter to District Magistrate (DM) of Northeast Delhi Shashi Kausal, seeking an urgent inquiry into allegations of misbehaviour and abusive language used by Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Karawal Nagar Puneet Kumar Patel for the victims of the Delhi riots, who were demanding compensation.

In the letter, which was sent via email Tuesday night, Khan said: “Some victims of the violence in the Northeast Delhi district were unable to file their compensation forms. Now Hon’ble Delhi High Court has directed the authorities to restart the process.”

“As a result, some victims approached SDM, Karawal Nagar, to file their forms, but allegedly he misbehaved with them rudely and used abusive language, so much so that some of the victims were left in tears,” he wrote.

Khan posted the letter on Twitter Tuesday and said it will be delivered to the DM by post too.


Khan, in his letter, attached lawyer Mishika Singh’s tweets regarding the alleged misbehaviour by SDM Patel.

Singh tweeted Tuesday, saying the SDM of Karawal Nagar “tortured” the riot victims.

“SDM Karawal Nagar, Puneet Kumar Patel, continues to harass the victims. Today, Patel used abusive language and tortured the victims for over 3-4 hours. Victims, who left his office, have called their lawyers crying on the phone telling the lawyers that the SDM misbehaved with them and abused them order to scare them.”

Khan, in his letter, has asked for an urgent inquiry into the matter and immediate action if the allegations are found to be true. He has asked the DM to file a reply by 10 July.

Also read: ‘Never thought Hindu-Muslim riots are possible in Delhi, we’ve always co-existed peacefully’

Not surprised to see the allegations: Khan

Speaking to ThePrint, Khan said he wrote the letter based on the information on social media and he had no direct or personal information regarding the matter. He said he hasn’t spoken to Singh.

“Based on the emails, phone calls and other correspondence I have had with people from the area right from the beginning, I was not surprised when I saw such allegations being raised on social media, which is why I raised the matter,” the DMC chief added. 

Of all the correspondence, Khan said the main concern of the people from the area was that so many boys aged 18-30 years were arrested and picked up in connection with the riots, especially during the lockdown. 

“We raised the matter with the Delhi Police. However, they replied saying that there was evidence against whoever was being picked up,” he said.

‘False’ allegations of misbehaviour with riot victims

DM Shashi Kaushal, however, told ThePrint she hasn’t received any letter from Khan. 

On allegations of misbehaviour by SDM Patel, the DM said such reports were false and nothing of the sort has taken place. 

“All the SDMs are working very hard to ensure that those affected in the riots, especially in Seelampur, Karawal Nagar, Shahdara, Yamuna Vihar, get compensation,” said Kaushal.

“All SDMs and other officers have been working in a very mature and coordinated manner. The question of misbehaviour does not arise. Why will anyone holding an official position misbehave,” she asked.

The Northeast Delhi riots between Hindus and Muslims took place in February-end, which led to the killings of more than 50 people

Also read: Riot-hit Northeast Delhi has 1 MP, 7 MLAs but only one has visited his constituency


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