Delhi Police flayed for shoddy investigation in riots caseJanuary 27th, 2009 - 10:15 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 27 (IANS) A city court Tuesday flayed Delhi Police for its “apathy towards human rights” and acquitted 34 people accused in an 18-year-old communal riots case in which one person was killed.“The quality of investigation carried out by the police in this case is a tell-tale story of how a case can be spoilt. The entire charge sheet is nothing but a saga of police apathy towards human rights,” additional sessions judge Surinder S. Rathi said.
The court absolved 34 people of the charges of rioting, murder and attempt to murder, noting that three public witnesses, including the son of the deceased, had turned hostile.
According to the prosecution, a procession was being carried out Nov 14, 1990 by All India Muslim Sikh Front from Sheeshganj Gurudwara to Idgah at Sadar Bazar locality when riots started. Gayasuddin received gun-shot wounds and succumbed to his injuries Nov 17.
The court noted that the police simply picked up some people after two communities indulged in rioting and stone-pelting in Sadar Bazar during curfew.
“These arrests were made in a pre-meditated and designed manner only aimed at working out the case, having scant regard for actual culpability or involvement of either of the arrested,” the court said.
The court pulled up the police for the shoddy probe during which neither case properties, including allegedly seized acid bottles, could be preserved properly nor any witness came forward to support the prosecution.