By Arun Srivastava
Prime Minister’s reiteration that “Peace and harmony are central to our ethos” does not appear to hold ground as his government and particularly his handpicked home minister, Amit Shah behaved like Nero while Delhi burnt for three days and around 27 persons were brutally murdered by the mercenaries.
No doubt Modi was busy hosting his friend POTUS, while Delhi burnt, one sincerely expects that must have detail information of the mayhem that was going on in Delhi. Obviously how could he not take out some time and review the situation that prevailed in the country’s capital. Will his word of solace to maintain “calm and normalcy” will heal the deep wounds that has been inflicted by the Hindutva goons.
The reports emanating from Delhi from the first day of the mercenary dance makes it explicit that it was part of bigger conspiracy and enacted in a precision manner by the Hindu goons.
Even if one accepts that Modi did not find time as he was busy with his friend Trump, what the second man of his two-man army, Amt Shah was doing? The manner in which the police maintained the passive silence and approach towards the pogrom, it clearly provides the insight that the marauders had the blessings of the top politicians. Look at the way Kapil Mishra, the turn coat BJP leader, descends on the scene just a day ahead of the riot and warns the senior police officer in presence of thousands of people to revenge if the protestors are not removed from the street. The police officer was a mute spectator. How to interpret his denial of action. It obviously implied that the police officer was under instruction not to act.
A closer evaluation of the police role in Delhi in the wake of the protest against CAA reveals that police has been nursing a hatred against the Muslims. Their attack on the Jamia students hiding in library and also blocking roads around the Shaheen Bagh points to their radicalisation. The Delhi police under the Modi government has turned highly communalised. Rioters ran amok on streets, burning and looting shops, pelting stones and thrashing people in the troubled areas of northeast Delhi.
In fact the confessional statements and narratives of the victims of the Delhi violence makes it explicit that while goons carried out their operation the police preferred to be a mute spectator. The top officials even did not respond to the panic calls from the newsmen. They looked other way while the marauders killed the innocent people. Amit Shah must be feeling happy and delighted at his Hindu troop asserting its arms and muscle power.
Naturally in this back drop it is a tough proposition to accept Modi’s assurance that “an extensive review on the situation prevailing in various parts of Delhi was taking place and Police and other agencies are working on the ground to ensure peace and normalcy”. How the people trust the police which have been escorting the killers and goons. How far his appeal to “sisters and brothers of Delhi to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times” will have desired result.
What is really interesting to note that his appeal came much after the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court expressed their disappointment over the functioning of Delhi Police. While the Supreme Court panned the police for “lack of professionalism”, the Delhi high court said it is appalled by the state of affairs of Delhi Police.
The most important question that is making rounds the social and political circle has been; why the police did not enforce curfew on the first day when four persons including the police head constable were killed? A look at the macabre violence and killings makes it clear that the Delhi police has expertised the Gujarat model of policing. The intensity of crisis could be gauged from the simple fact that NSA Ajit Doval has been given the charge to oversee Delhi Police’s efforts to maintain peace in the area.
On her part the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi was correct in held Home Minister Amit Shah responsible for the violence in Delhi and seeking his resignation. She said “The Centre and the Union Home Minister is responsible for the present situation in Delhi. The Union Home Minister should resign”. But she cannot evade the responsibility of allowing the BJP leaders to endanger the lives of the people and put them to ransom. True enough like a student it has been raising it hand to register its presence and nothing more. Had it been working like a responsible opposition the BJP leaders could not have dared to indulge in ghastly murderous acts. Her observation “There is a conspiracy behind the violence. The country saw this during the Delhi elections as well. Many BJP leaders made inciting comments creating an atmosphere of fear and hatred”, has some iota of truth and the party must force the government to launch a through probe.
It is really sad that some BJP leaders have been desperately trying to communalise the protest against the citizenship law. The apprehension that the situation may turn violent was expressed just after Supreme Court refused to hear the case and posted to be heard at a later date. The violence over the amended citizenship law in northeast Delhi has claimed nearly 27 people and none can guarantee that it will not claim more lives.
With Shaheen Bagh continuing to hold ground, the BJP marauders may try to resort to violence here too. Despite heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces, situation continues to be tense. Now the case of Shaheen Bagh is before the Supreme Court the people could rightly hope that the apex court should take up the issue of CAA and NRC and protect the country from becoming the victim of communal violence. The presumption that the situation would calm down has proved to be wrong. Only an effective legal intervention could save the country from being ravaged by the mercenaries. (IPA Service)