Security personnel stand guard near a neighbourhood vandalised by rioters during clashes between those against and those supporting the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in north east Delhi, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. | PTI
A neighbourhood vandalised in northeast Delhi during the 2020 riots (representational image) | PTI
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New Delhi: The Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) has issued a notice to the Delhi Police Commissioner S. N. Shrivastava on the grounds that police officers have been “arresting young Muslim boys by their dozens every single day” from northeast district, and that the arrests have continued even after the lockdown. 

The Delhi Police has been arresting people from various parts of northeast Delhi in connection with the February riots since last month. The communal riots left at least 53 dead, and several injured.

The notice, dated 3 April, says that the “trend of randomly arresting young Muslim boys of the northeast district is not acceptable” and asks the police to desist from it. 

“These are random because a police force would descend on an area in early morning and randomly arrest all Muslim boys in the range of 20-30 years of age,” Zafarul Islam, the DMC chief, told ThePrint. 

Islam said people have been arrested on the basis of CCTV footage, when they could only have been passers-by or onlookers. 

“Now there are thousands of CCTV cameras in every area and anyone can be easily picked  up and framed. Many families in northeast Delhi have sent away their young boys to their villages or to relatives fearing such blind arrests,” he added. 

The notice also cites allegations of police arresting individuals in order to extract bribes from them. “Some police officers are using arrests as a pretext to extract huge sums of money as bribes or ransom money which, if paid, will ensure the freedom of the arrested youth,” it states. 

Islam said the commission is yet to receive a reply from the police commissioner.


Also read: Delhi crime rate drops 42% since 15 March, close to 2,000 cases registered


Investigations haven’t stopped, so why should arrests: Delhi cops

The Delhi Police has said it is well within its rights to continue arrests during the lockdown period. 

“No investigations have halted due to the lockdown, then why should arrests stop? These are arrests based on legitimate investigations,” Joint Commissioner of Police (northeast Delhi), Alok Kumar, told ThePrint. 

While Kumar said there isn’t yet “a specific number” on the number of arrests pertaining to the riots, the affected should complain if they think there has been an error. 

“Instead of sweeping allegations against the police, people should come forward and approach senior officials with specific complaints against investigating officers,” he said. 

The DCM notice also alludes to videos doing the rounds on social media, of Muslim women allegedly from Mustafabad protesting against the arrests. “Muslim women in Mustafabad came out protesting against this objectionable and dubious activity.” the notice says.

Kumar said the police have taken cognisance of the video. 

“I have been noticing since the beginning that people are trying to create an impression that only innocents are being arrested. This isn’t true,” he said.  “Shops were burnt, houses were set on fire. All this happened in northeast Delhi. So people can’t act like saints now.”


Also read: Delhi Police will now track quarantined patients through mobile location, says Kejriwal


 

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Why you keep publishing article based on only one side of the story.. it’s better to publish none if you don’t have any credible story rather than publishing agenda of any particular section …

  2. Donald Trump also said that Islamic terrorism.. than clear that mosque is birth for terrorism it is not used as religious place .. tabliki zamad is a great example of that.. police are doing well there work. And modi ji is not our PM.. modi is our respect now.. police is our family… I respect my police….

  3. This post is fake and shared by muslim itself, Fatima Khan, you can see her name at the top and these are playing victim card by not adhering to the government, I would say don’t arrest them, shoot them to kill them, they have to obey it or let go off it.

  4. These minorities commission are only to save and to immune those barbaric people. Scrap all such commission. Why such commission when there is police and judiciary in this secular country? We are giving special privilege to Muslims by mean of Minority commissions.

  5. DOES BEING MINORITY CONFERS ANY IMMUNITY FROM ARRESTS AND DUE PROCESS OF LAW ? IS THERE ANY EMBARGO IMPOSED BY KEJRIWAL S GOVERNMENT ON ONGOING POLICE INVESTIGATIONS DURING LOCKDOWN ? IF IT IS SO, ALL POWERFUL MINORITY COMMISION SHOULD COME UP WITH STAY ODER.

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