New Delhi: Retired IPS officer Julio Ribeiro, who was the former Mumbai police commissioner, DGP of Gujrat and Punjab and former Indian Ambassador to Romania, wrote to Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava on Sunday questioning the probe into the Northeast Delhi riots cases.
Umar Khalid’s arrest has been condemned by academics, artists, activists and lawyers even as nine retired IPS officers questioned Delhi Police’s probe into the Delhi violence.
A statement by 36 signatories, including Syeda Hameed, Arundhati Roy, Ramachandra Guha, TM Krishna, Brinda Karat, Jignesh Mevani, P Sainath, Prashant Bhushan and Harsh Mander, claimed, “As citizens deeply committed to Constitutional values, we condemn the arrest of Umar Khalid who has been subjected to a malicious investigation targeting peaceful anti-CAA protesters….”
Nine more retired officers apart from IPS officer Julio Ribeiro wrote a letter to Delhi police commissioner SN Shrivastava, requesting for re-investigation of all riot cases. The letter was signed by former Director-General National Crime Records Bureau Shafi Alam and Saleem Ali, the former Special Director.
The letter goes, “We were sad to note that one of your Special Commissioners had tried to influence investigations claiming resentment among Hindus over the arrest of some rioters belonging to their community. Such a majoritarian attitude in the police leadership leads to a travesty of justice for the victims of violence and their family members…. This would further mean that the real culprits of the violence belonging to the majority are likely to go scot free”.
“Basing investigation on “disclosures” without concrete evidence violates all principles of fair investigation. While implicating leaders and activists, who expressed their views against CAA, all those who instigated violence and are associated with the ruling party have been let off the hook,” the letter read.
Though the PRO of Delhi Police Anil Mittal said, “Investigation of all riot cases has been done professionally and meticulously. The matter is subjudice, and any grievances in this regard have to be raised at the appropriate forum. Regarding the letter written by Special CP, mentioned in this letter, the matter has already been adjudicated by the Delhi High Court. Prima facie, nothing wrong was found in issuing directions by senior officers”.