The following petition signed by activists, academicians and citizens have been sent by email and fax to the Lieutenant Governor and the Police Commissioner of Delhi today.
Lieutenant Governor of Delhi & Police Commissioner, Delhi
We the undersigned and many other citizens of Delhi are deeply concerned about the role and steps taken by the police in the process of restoring communal peace and harmony, and ensuring legal justice, following the recent communal tensions in Trilok Puri, Delhi.
We are worried by reports that many young men are being illegally detained for long periods, and political representatives of one segment of the young men are being permitted to enter the police stations, whereas other lawyers and senior activists are not being permitted to enter the police stations. Rightly or wrongly, this has created an impression of communal and political bias and a lack of fairness. This is not conducive to restoring peace in the area.
We therefore demand that the local police are firmly instructed to function in ways that are transparent, bipartisan and fair. We further demand that all persons who are detained in connection with the violence are presented before a magistrate, and due and fair process of law not only followed but seen to be followed by all affected people. We further demand that medical tests are done of all injured persons, and that family members and lawyers are permitted to meet the detained persons.
Anam Khan, Advocate, Human Rights law Network
Asad Ashraf, Aman Biradari
Ashok Kumar Boudh
Asrarul haque Jeelani
Dvijendra Nath Kalia
Harsh Mander, writer, social activist, Centre for Equity Studies
Jaya Sharma, NoMore campaign
Manisha Sethi, JTSA
Mohd Zakir Riyaz
ND Pancholi, advocate
Poorva Bhardwaj, social activist
Santosh Kumar- sanhati
Satya Sidhartha Pawar
Shabnam Hashmi, social activist, ANHAD
Shefali & Sanjeev
Syed Mujtaba Athar
Tariq Adeeb, Advocate, Human Rights law Network
Zulekha jabin, Social activist
Dated October 26, 2014
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