Trilokpuri: NCM expresses concern over ‘police bias’

Members of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) who visited Trilokpuri in East Delhi, following the recent communal tensions in the area, have expressed apprehensions over complaints of police bias.

NCM members have been receiving complaints that a disproportionate number of Muslim youth have been arrested from the area after the violence between October 24 and 27, even as the police refuse to register FIRs on behalf of individuals whose shops have been damaged or burned down.

“We visited the area last week. Many said they were not even allowed to meet their family members who were arrested. We have communicated the residents’ grievances to the Delhi Police. We have also sought meetings with Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung,” said Farida Khan, member, NCM.

Following an application by advocates Vrinda Grover and Aslam Ahmed, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had, on October 30, issued a notice to the Delhi Police Commissioner for a detailed report within two weeks.

At the Mayur Vihar police station, records show that between October 24 and 27, the police arrested 48 persons — 37 Muslims and 11 Hindus. “The police and the Rapid Action Force abused us, hit us with sticks and rifles, and broke our doors. They took anyone they could find, and are not allowing anyone to meet the boys they have arrested,” said Mehrunissa Bi, a resident of Sanjay Camp, Block 27, Trilokpuri.