Friday 30 October 2020

Neeraj Kumar, former commissioner, defends Delhi Police’s case against rioters

Yesterday, Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava had written to veteran cop Julio Ribeiro, explaining to him that his department's investigation suffered no discrimination based on caste or religion

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Former Commissioner of Delhi Police Neeraj Kumar supports the official investigation into the riots that took place in northeast Delhi in February this year in the name of democratic protests against the amended citizenship law or CAA. Today, Delhi Police named 15 people in its charge sheet, accusing them of orchestrating the riots that killed at least 53 people and injured hundreds.

Neeraj Kumar is the former Commissioner of Delhi Police, who retired from the Indian Police Service on 31 July 2013. He belonged to 1976 batch and AGMUT cadre.
Neeraj Kumar

Yesterday, Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava had written to veteran cop Julio Ribeiro, explaining to him that his department’s investigation suffered no discrimination based on caste or religion. Shrivastava said documentary and scientific evidence backed Delhi Police’s probe.

Former Delhi Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar believes Delhi Police is right. A lot of the points have already been explained by the police commissioner in his letter to Julio Ribeiro, said Neeraj Kumar. “But nonetheless, I am better placed than many of my colleagues who are expressing their anguish. On the basis of limited inputs I have, I know that Delhi Police has come up with some technical evidence. It is not based on some hearsay,” the former police chief said.

Neeraj Kumar said the planning happened on a large scale. People were meeting at various places in Northeast Delhi, Kumar said. “There is a lot of evidence not only against Umar Khalid but also against members who are already arrested,” the former Delhi Police head said.

“Some people have gone to the Delhi High Court urging direction to the Delhi Police to take action against Kapil Mishra. The issue is sub judice. I don’t want to defend Kapil Mishra. But I am giving a perspective. What he said didn’t incite riots,” Neeraj Kumar said.

“The police did not make Umar Khalid an accused just for his Amravati speech where he asked people to come out in protest during US President Donald Trump’s visit to India. Evidence against him is far more. His speech forms only a small portion of the body of the evidence that Delhi Police have,” Neeraj Kumar said.

A section of the media had last week created tumult in the circle of rabble-rousing activists by claiming that named CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav, economist Jayati Ghosh, Delhi University professor, and activist Apoorvanand and documentary filmmaker Rahul Roy as co-conspirators in a supplementary charge sheet filed in the north-east Delhi riots case. Delhi Police called the PTI report, which was curated by different media houses, false.

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