Man-made tragedy! Distress calls to 100 went unanswered for 48-72 hours, police absent: Report on Delhi riots

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https://www.timesnownews.com/delhi/article/man-made-tragedy-distress-calls-to-100-went-unanswered-for-48-72-hours-police-absent-report-on-delhi-riots/559210

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A view of the shops which were gutted during the riots in North East Delhi’s Khajuri Khas&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspIANS

Key Highlights

  • ‘Everyone was busy with the visit of US President Donald Trump instead of ensuring early deployment of Army or police in the affected areas’
  • ‘We did not receive any help from the cops during emergencies’
  • People are upset with the Delhi government for not standing with the victims and the Centre for not deploying the security forces on time

New Delhi: Frantic phone calls to emergency ‘100’ number went unanswered for 48-72 hours and Delhi Police personnel were missing when people needed them the most, noted a fact-finding report by a civil rights group. The report titled ‘Let Us Heal Our Dilli’ is based on eyewitness accounts from riot-hit North-East Delhi and residents of the affected areas have said that they did not receive any help from the cops during emergencies.

They are also upset with the Delhi government for not standing up with the victims and the Centre for not deploying the security forces on time.

The team visited Bhajanpura, Chand Bagh, Gokulpuri, Chaman Park, Shiv Vihar, Main Mustafabad, including Bhagirathi Vihar and Brijpuri.

Enormous fury among Hindus & Muslims

“Across the board, among Muslims and Hindus, there is enormous fury at the Delhi Police for just not being there when they were needed. People simply do not understand why. We heard repeatedly of frantic calls to the 100 line that went unanswered for 48-72 hours,” it said.

The people are also angry with the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government for not being there on the ground to stand with the victims and members of the vulnerable communities.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has registered a total of 148 FIRs and 630 people have been either arrested or detained so far in connection with communal violence which engulfed NE Delhi.

Centre busy with Trump’s visit

In Mustafabad, people vented their anger out against the Narendra Modi-led NDA government saying that everyone was busy with the visit of US President Donald Trump instead of ensuring early deployment of Army or police in the affected areas to control the riots and save innocent lives and their properties.

The members from the civil society also enquired about the most urgent needs of the survivors so that they can put collective pressure on the government, the administration and citizens of the country to come forward to help the affected people. 

So far, 43 people have died in the communal violence and while North-East Delhi is limping back to normalcy it will take years for the affected residents to come to terms with their loss. 

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