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Sunday 2 November 2014

Date: 2 November 2014

Source:The Times of India

Type: News

Keywords: student protest

NEW DELHI: The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union on Saturday staged a demonstration at Delhi Police headquarters raising concerns over the role of Delhi Police in the Trilokpuri riots. The protesters alleged that even after riots broke out cops failed to take action for hours and, in the days that followed, arbitrary arrests have only intensified the atmosphere of fear and tension in the area.

The ’citizens’ protest’ was attended by JNUSU as well as several student organizations, including the All India Students’ Association, Democratic Students Federation and Democratic Students’ Union as well as representatives of Delhi Forum and Krantikari Yuva Sabha.

"On October 24, the riots continued for some hours and spread to parts of Trilokpuri even while the police failed to take necessary action. In the days that followed, there were arbitrary arrests, mostly of Muslims, who were charged with serious offences. This has only increased the atmosphere of fear," said Ashutosh, president, JNUSU.

"There have been reports of how police brutally beat up people, including women. The arbitrary arrests continue, even as we get reports of beatings and torture in police custody. Muslims form a completely disproportionate number on the list of accused," said Sucheta, AISA national president.

Various speakers criticized the role of former BJP MLA Sunil Vaidya and local RSS leader Ramcharan Gujarati and demanded immediate probe into it.###

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