The arrest of Umar Khalid under the provisions of the draconian UAPA is condemnable. This comes following the detention, under UAPA, of Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita (JNU), Ishrat Jahan, a former Councillor of the Congress Party, Jamia students Meeran Haider also an RJD youth leader, Asif Tanha, Safoora Zagar and Gulfisha Fatima and Shifr-ul-Rehman.
While hearing a plea by Brinda Karat, Member of the Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) and K.M.Tewari (Secy Delhi State Committee) the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vishal Pahuja has directed the DCP, New Delhi to submit a report on the non-filing of FIRs against BJP leaders Shri Anurag Thakur and Shri Parvesh Verma for delivering hate speeches in Delhi recently, during the campaign for the assembly elections.
The CPI(M) demands that all those who indulged in violence to disrupt the seminar and attack the democratic protest should be arrested. Action must be taken against the Delhi Police personnel who connived with the ABVP.
The CPI(M) demands immediate action against the Delhi police for its highly condemnable actions against JNU students when male police manhandled and harassed girl students, while equally deplorable was the totally unwarranted action against the grieving mother of the missing student Najeeb who was dragged on the roads and arrested. Instead of launching an urgent and serious search for the missing student, the Delhi police has beaten, harassed and arrested those demanding justice.
The wider question of the accountability of the police in Delhi is of vital concern to the people especially in the context of the rising number of crimes against women.
The agitation led by the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal while raising this issue is defending the action of the Law Minister, Somnath Bharti and AAP supporters who targeted some African women in a locality in South Delhi. These women’s rights were violated and racist language was used against them. The minister had no business to direct such illegal activities.