Press Release: An Investigation into Communal Violence In Trilokpuri

The morning papers of 26th October 2014 carried news of communal clashes in Trilokpuri area with policemen among 14 injured, gunshot injuries and police claims of the situation as ;tense but under control’. The police also claimed that aman committees have been set up in the area.

The undersigned three member team from two progressive organizations of Delhi- Advocate Ms. Poonam Kaushik, General Secretary and Advocate Ms. Shobha, President of Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan (PMS) and Rajesh, Delhi Committee Member of Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) visited Trilokpuri area on Sunday 26th October. We saw the people sitting at the Mata ki Chowki in Block 20 (few youth who locals said were unemployed), residents of Block 20,Block 26, and of Sanjay Camp just adjacent to Block 27. We met the ACP of the area and also tried to meet the DCP.

The facts that we could ascertain were briefly as follows. Trilokpuri is a resettlement colony set up since 1975, with residents having 22 yards plots. Residents of the area are mostly Dalits (Valmikis) and Block 27 and Sanjay Camp are overwhelmingly Muslim populated. The Councillor of the area is Gurmeet Kaur (Congress), MLA is Raju Dhingan (AAP) and MP Mahesh Giri (BJP).

There was an incident on Diwali evening (23rd October) at the temporary Mata ki Chowki in Block 20. A dump was situated at the chowk of block 20 since the colony was set up. Few years ago all its walls broke but it still continued to be the dump. Around five years ago a Hanuman idol was set up to its left by local boys. These Navaratras a Mata ki Chowki was set up to its right but no one knows the date of the Jagran when it is supposed to lift it. Fifty metres to the right of the dump on the same side is a Masjid.

On 23rd evening around 7:30 PM there was obscure incident at this spot after which there was stone throwing. But the residents gave differing accounts of what had actually happened ranging from a brawl turning into a clash to stone pelting from the Masjid.

On 24th evening, according to the residents of Block 27 at 8 PM there began a rally of around 150 people which started from the office of Sunil Vaid, former BJP MLA in Blcok 21. The rally walked down the main road raising slogans of “Har Har Mahadev” and “Those who live in Hindustan will have to live like us”. No police escort was present at this rally. This is the event that actually marked the deliberate intervention by Hindu communal organizations to communally polarize the people.

On the 25th, around 1:30 PM, around 100 to 150 men (whom the people of block 27 described as helmeted and whose photos they had taken) walked down the main road in front of the blocks pelting stones and broken bricks. The bricks are still lying on the road. Apparently they injured the 13 policemen. We saw a showroom in Block 27 that had been burnt and residents of other blocks suggested that the owners must have burnt it themselves.

On 25th night the police came to Block 27. According to residents they broke all vehicles which might have been marked as belonging to Muslims and then entered the Sanjay Camp. Here they broke open all locked doors saying men had been hidden in them. Broken doors could be seen when we went. We met several women with injury marks on their bodies and with visible lathi marks. We met six of them aged from 15 years to 50 years (names not being disclosed for the fear of police reprisal). A 16 year boy had an injury on the head which he said was a lathi blow. One shop was open at that time; it owner was thrown on the ground and beaten. Injuries are still visible on his body. No shops are open in this Block and Camp; residents of the Camp are either fled away or are desperate for food and even asked the team to ask the police to allow them to collectively cook food. The injured are not going to govt. hospitals for the fear of cases being framed against them. The people here say that they visited AAP MLA who refused to help them. Residents of Block 27 said that around 20 boys/men have been arrested from their Block and 10 o 12 from Sanjay Camp.

In the areas we moved around, shops were shut. Police and RAF were asking people to stay indoors and few vegetable sellers we saw were also sent away in about half an hour. The area is thick with rumours which shows the hand of a communal organization as there are many elements of the common propaganda against muslims.

Interaction with Police

The ACP refused to speak saying that he was not authorized to do so. The DCP did not answer our calls for an appointment. So a written request has been sent along with a request to be allowed to meet the injured policemen and those who received gunshot injuries to know their version of the incident.

Observations

  1. The incident on Diwali Day provided an excuse for the Rally on the next day organized by Hindu communal forces. The subsequent stone throwing was also to deliberately provoke hostility among communities.
  2. No aman committees have been heard of by the people in block 27 or any other block.
  3. The area is thick with rumours. No one can say exactly where and when any shooting took place but they believe it did. No one saw the injured policemen. There are the usual allegations rife of school girls of one community of being eve teased by the other- by both sides.

Conclusions and Demands

  1. A small incident has been used to deliberately polarize the two communities and subsequently police has wrecked barbarity on the inhabitants of the Muslim dominated Sanjay Camp. The rally organized by the BJP leader on 24th evening followed by a stone pelting mob the next day laid the ground for deliberately unleashing police violence on the minority community.
  2. The incident shows the same pattern followed in Bawana and in other parts of India of using any excuse or incident to provoke communal polarization. Since both communities live side by side in so many parts of Delhi, great vigilance and determination is needed from the people to defend their right to peaceful coexistence and to defeat the communal conspiracies of the BJP-RSS.
  3. The minority community has been subject to barbaric violence by the Delhi police in Sanjay camp. The police and administration must stop hiding facts from the people in the name of maintaining law and order. People are the best guards of peace. All facts must be made known about the nature of injuries of the policemen, of the names of those with gunshot injuries, the bullets should be recovered and sent to verify whether they are police bullets. A judicial enquiry by a sitting judge should immediately be ordered into the police violence in Sanjay Camp and into the entire sequence of events. Police repression must be stopped forthwith, prohibitory orders should be lifted so that people can procure essentials and policemen guilty of attacks on minorities must be punished.

(Poonam Kaushik)                                           (Rajesh)                                               (Shobha)

General Secretary                                           Delhi Committee Member           President

PMS                                                                       IFTU                                                       PMS

, Report on alleged plan of cow slaughter in JJ Colony Bawan

Dated: October 5th, 2014

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A team comprising of Dr. Mrigank (Delhi Committee, Indian Federation of Trade Unions, IFTU), Poonam Kaushik (Gen. Secy. Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan, PMS), Rajeev (Convener, Progressive Democratic Students’ Union, PDSU) visited JJ Colony Bawana on October 5th, 2014 and made investigations into the reports of alleged planned cow slaughter and intimidation of Muslims.

Bawana JJ Colony is situated opposite CRPF Camp near Bawana City. It has resettled people, displaced from Yamuna Pushta, Saraswati Vihar, Laxmi Nagar etc. its population is about 1.5 lakh and about 70% are Muslims (as we were told). Most of them are factory workers or doing petty jobs.It is under Outer Delhi district of Delhi Police and two Police stations covers the area. Bawana PS covers village and Narela covers JJ Colony. Mr. Udit raj of BJP is MP here, who was not even seen by the people. We were told by people that CPI (M-L) New Democracy has sent an urgent e-mail to Commissioner of Police, Delhi demanding urgent deployment of forces.

We reached JJ Colony and first met Noorul Qasim (Area President, Jamai E Ulema e Hind and President Madarsa Jamia Rahmana). He along with others narrated the incidents. We found that on 2nd of October, a mob of 200 odd youths invaded the Colony. They had 3-4 police constable with them, as they called police on pretext of some cows being hidden in JJ Colony. They broke into four groups with one constable each. Obviously they found nothing. They caught a man with cow, who was bashed up. He turned out to be one Mahesh from A Block. He was a cowmen selling the milk. He told them his religion, but they refused to believe. Then he showed the pictures of Hindu gods in his room. They left him, and later JJ Colony. They threw stones and a boy was heart. This was done in presence of constable Ramkaran and Amit. His MLC was done, but no one knows if any case has been registered or not.

Next day, late in night (around 12:15 or so) a man from Bawana City came with two cows and tried to infiltrated them into JJ Colony. Alert, as the residents of JJ Colony, were caught him and handed over the man and cows to police. It seems that man was related to some cop and was treated like guest. Again, the residents were not aware if any case has been registered or not.

SHO called both people at different times to police station. The people of JJ colony went later. They were intimidated and beaten right in police station in front of cops. Later when they told the same to SHO, he told that they should have called. They told him it was not possible in the hush up and he check in the CCTV footage. Finding it on CCTV, an action was promised.

These people were accompanied by prominent Hindus of the area. We also talked to them One Mr. Paswan told us that it is a matter of colony where Muslims celebrates Diwali and Hindus participate in Eid. Even Muslim folks participated wholeheartedly in recently concluded Durga Pooja. He asserted that they will not allow outsiders to break harmony. We also talked to Dr. Mishra. He also echoed the same sentiments.

Failing twice, these people put up a poster in the name of Hindu Krantikari Sena, showing a picture of cow slaughter and calling all cow loving people to a ‘shapath samaroh’. This was to be held on Sunday at 12:00 noon at a cowshed (गौशाला) in Hirevali village. Our team went there and talked to people. They were about 250 youths from nearby villages like Herevali, Pooth Khurd, Bawana and Bajitpur. Among main organizers were nephew of Mr. Pawan Sharma (BJP MLA) and Mahendra. They told us many stories. Some of them were common propaganda like they keep 4 wives, increasing populations etc. and some unbelievable like there are truckloads of cows in JJ Colony. It is unbelievable, because the size of plots given to the residents of JJ colony are too small to hide cows and that too truckloads of them. Anyway, we talked to them, they had a swearing in ceremony of this outfit.

It is also reported by some people that minority residents of Bawana village are living in fear. As they are far less in numbers and are scattered all over. Many of them have left the houses and children are not going to schools. Even children from JJ Colony who studies at Bawana School are not going. Not just that, they have forced to stop Ajaan, and are even planning a Bhagat Singh ka Bhandara at the place, where namaz is to be held.

From the above it is clear that:

  1. That the allegations that there is plan of cow slaughter is bogus. There is no possibility of hiding the cows. And no cows were found.
  2. That there is intimidation of Muslims and they are living amidst fear. The police protection is not enough.
  3. That the organizations like Hindu Krantikari Sena are not spontaneous organizations. It is clears from the fact that among the main organizer was the nephew of BJP MLA. Also total inactivity of BJP MP is a clear indication.
  4. That there is total communal harmony in JJ Colony and even today they are together.
  5. Apart from communal, even class bias is clearly seen. As most of thses people are from working class or poor background, their lives have not become an issue at all.

 

It is demanded that:

  1. There should be enough police protection to prevent any untoward incident. There are about 15 places of sacrifice. Police should be deployed there also to prevent any mis-happenings.
  2. The people inciting, and spreading rumours should be arrested booked.
  3. Cases should be registered on the people who were involved in beating, stone pelting and guilty policemen should also be booked.

Sincerely

 

 

Dr. Mrigank (Delhi Committee, Indian Federation of Trade Unions, IFTU),
Phone 9268708291

 

Poonam Kaushik (Gen. Secy. Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan, PMS),

 

Rajeev (Convener, Progressive Democratic Students’ Union, PDSU)