Opposition Leaders Along With Ahmed Patel Meet President Kovind.

The ongoing investigation seems to be pointed at arriving at a pre-meditated theory about conspiracy’

Opposition leaders met President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday & demanded an independent probe by a commission headed by a retired or sitting judge into the role of the Delhi police in the February uprisings & the ongoing probe into the incident.

Congress Treasurer and MP Ahmed Patel, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI general secretary D. Raja, DMK leader and MP Kanimozhi and RJD leader and MP Manoj K Jha were part of the delegation.

The Delhi police have set up special enquiry teams, and its Special Cell has been probing the aspect of conspiracy behind the riots, in which 53 people lost their lives.

In a memorandum, the leaders voiced concern over the probe being conducted by the police. “The entire investigation appears to be pointed at arriving at a pre-meditated theory about a conspiracy propounded by the Home Minister in the Lok Sabha in March 2020, earlier any investigation had even begun into the riots,” it said. The memorandum said the investigation by the police did not inspire confidence as there were serious questions about its “impartiality”.

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“A credible and unbiased probe is crucial to restore public trust in the law and order apparatus of the State. The investigation cannot be allowed to become a fishing and roving expedition aimed at causing a chilling result on dissent and protest in the nation. We, therefore, urge you to call upon the Government of India to institute an inquiry into this investigation under the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952, headed by sitting/retired judge(s),” the memorandum said.

It criticized the police for the reference made to Mr. Yechury in a supplementary charge sheet, citing disclosure declarations finished by the accused. “This is a disturbing trend that raises serious questions over the manner of such investigations,” it said.

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The leaders said there were several publicly documented accounts and videos of the police being “complicit in the violence, directing mobs pelting stones or looking the other way when mobs were indulging in violence”. “Through the violence, a disturbing video emerged showing uniformed policemen assaulting young men lying injured on the road and forcing them to sing the national anthem while repeatedly beating them with lathis. One of the men, Faizan, succumbed to his injuries a few days later,” the memorandum said. It also highlighted other such instances, plus the one in which the “DCP stood quietly next to a BJP leader who was instigating violence against the protestors, warning that if they did not vacate the road, he would do it himself”. The memorandum said that despite several complaints about the involvement of police officials, no action had been taken.

The leaders also criticized the police for being a mute spectator to the alleged hate speech of BJP leaders and rotating a blind eye to the role of its own personnel in the violence. The probe appeared to be pursuing a line of inquiry “criminalizing the complaints against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and portraying them as a conspiracy which resulted in the riots in Delhi,” they said.