Book on Delhi riots: It appears to be well-planned, organised targeting minority community
This book has been written in the lockdown on the basis of the information of the inquiry committee of the Minorities Commission on the February 24 riots in North-East Delhi.
New Delhi: The truth of the Delhi riots has now come out in the form of a book and it is being released in the capital tomorrow. This book calls for an impartial investigation into the Delhi riots.
This book has been written in the lockdown on the basis of the information of the inquiry committee of the Minorities Commission on the February 24 riots in North-East Delhi. The complete report of the Minorities Commission has been published in Hindi. The book has been written by Vijay Singh, a retired Indian Police Service officer and edited by Pankaj Chaturvedi, a journalist and editor of the National Book Trust. Published by Lok Mitra Publishers, the book is co-authored by nine other journalists and activists.
Retired police officer Mr. Singh has written in the preface of the book that a total of 751 criminal cases were registered in the riots. The riots took 52 lives and injured 473 others. In addition, 185 houses were destroyed and 19 religious buildings were damaged, but the Delhi Police did not respond to any letter from the Minorities Commission regarding the riots.
The commission’s investigation team said in its report that the riots in the northeastern district of Delhi in February appeared to be well-planned and organised. The riots were carried out targeting the minority community.
Minorities Commission requests to the government and judiciary
The Commission had requested the government and the court to constitute a 15-member investigation team headed by a high court judge to carry out an inquiry into the riots. This team was supposed to look into non-filing of FIRs during the riots, monitoring of chargesheets, protection of witnesses, role of Delhi Police and appropriate action against them.
The Commission also made several suggestions on issues such as compensation for repairing the damaged religious places. But in an affidavit submitted to the Delhi High Court by the Delhi Police, they had not yet found any evidence based on which BJP leaders Kapil Mishra, Parvez Verma and Anurag Thakur somehow instigated the people for riots. The Commission’s investigation team had presented evidence contrary to the elements provided in the affidavit.
The editor of the book, Pankaj Chaturvedi, has also demanded in his editorial to investigate the Delhi riots, saying that the riots are an insult to humanity. It was said that differences in religion, language, creed and colour are natural, but if a section in government and police becomes communal, it directly affects the poor and the illiterate people. Therefore, today it is necessary for Delhi riots to be investigated by an independent agency. There will be great hope if a serving judge of the High Court heads the team.