Delhi riots: Year on, police yet to identify cops who forced injured protesters to sing national anthem

The court was hearing a petition filed by Faizan’s mother seeking an SIT probe into his death during the northeast Delhi riots.

Nearly a year after a video had surfaced of a group of men lying on the ground as security personnel forced them to sing Vande Mataram and the National Anthem during the northeast Delhi riots, Delhi Police has told the High Court that they were yet to identity the cops seen in the video. One of the men in the video, identified as 23-year-old Faizan, succumbed to injuries suffered during the assault.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Faizan’s mother Kismatun seeking an SIT probe into his death. In a status report, police said faces of none of the cops were visible in the four video clips available with them as they were “blurred”.

“In these video clips, persons in police uniform are seen assaulting Faizan and four other individuals, namely Farhan, Kauser, Rafique and Wasim. Of these four clips, three are distantly shot videos where the pictures of the personnel are blurred and are not recognisable as they are wearing helmets and other safety gadgets except one person who is seen without helmet. However, his face is also not clear as this clip has been shot from a low 11.resolution mobile camera. The fourth clip is clear but neither the faces nor name plates of the policemen can be visible,” the status report said.

Delhi Police also stated they had made “sincere efforts” to trace the assaulters through helmet numbers and uniform badges. Police also told the court that Faizan and others were kept at Jyoti Nagar police station as per their own wish since they were reluctant to go to their respective residences due to the communal tensions.

The High Court bench of Justice Yogesh Khanna pulled up the police for their “vague” reply and directed them to file an affidavit on whether CCTV cameras of Jyoti Nagar police station were functioning or not at the time. The court also noted that the police had not given details on whether the deployment registers and other relevant documents were preserved.

Source: India Today


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