If the Government is serious about giving justice to Muslims, then it should start criminal proceedings against the police officers indicted by courts for ‘framing’ innocent Muslims, activists have argued.
They were responding to Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s letter to all Chief Ministers, asking them to ensure that no innocent Muslim youth is wrongfully detained in terror cases.
Sanghamitra Misra of the Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association (JTSA), which has been documenting cases of Muslim youth being framed in trumped up charges, said: “We have consistently demanded that the government should take requisite and immediate action in cases where the police have been indicted on many serious counts, including fabrication of evidence and ‘encounter’ killings.”
Ms. Misra talked about one such case where a Delhi court indicted police officers of Special Cell, Delhi Police, for staging ‘fake encounter’ in 2005, by arresting four ‘terrorists’.
Additional Sessions Judge of a Delhi court Virender Bhat “honourably acquitted” all the accused and said: “An absolutely fake encounter has been projected. The story of the encounter was carefully scripted in the office of Special Staff, Delhi Police, Dhaula Kuan, by its main author Ravinder Tyagi with the assistance of SI Nirakar, SI Charan Singh and SI Mahender Singh.”
The judge also directed the police to register a common FIR against all the four police personnel. But not only were no actions taken against the officers but some have even been awarded medals by the government.
Ms. Misra argued the letter of the Home Minister carries little significance unless it initiates concrete action.