The Delhi Police on Saturday arrested a media coordinator of the Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC) in connection with the Delhi riots.
Police arrested Safoora Zargar, accusing her of organising an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest in North East Delhi’s Jaffrabad area.
It was after the protest at the Jaffrabad Metro Station, that clashes broke out in the area at the end of February. According to police sources, Zargar can be seen in video footage from the area.
The Delhi Police on April 2 arrested another student of Jamia Milia Islamia for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to incite communal riots in northeast Delhi. Meeran Haider (35), a PhD student at Jamia, is the president of RJD youth wing’s Delhi unit.
Haider was later sent to 3-day police custody by a Delhi court.
Rajya Sabha MP and RJD leader Manoj Jha tweeted, “Delhi Police called him for investigation and then received orders from above and arrested Meeran Haider, who has been helping people during the time of coronavirus outbreak.”
Chhatra RJD unit of JNU also demanded the release of Haider and said the police should become ‘people-friendly’ and not scare people.
The Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC), a group comprising students and alumni from the varsity, condemned the arrest and demanded his immediate release.
Earlier this week, Muslim organisations and civil society members wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah urging him to stop the “harassment” of social activists and students by the Delhi Police during the ongoing lockdown.
The letter claimed that there has been “a series of detentions and arrests” of social activists and student leaders by the Delhi Police.
“Upon preliminary study, it appears that the police crackdown is directed against those involved in the peaceful anti-CAA-NRC movement, which was undertaken for the protection of our Constitution, democratic ethos and civil liberties,” the letter said.
“We have observed that highly respected social activists are being implicated in false cases related to the northeast Delhi riots of 2020,” the letter said.
A statement issued by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind mentioned names of Maulana Tauqeer Raza, president, Milli Ittehad Parishad, former MP Udit Raj, Dr Zafarul Islam Khan, chairman of Delhi Minorities Commission, Syed Sadatullah Hussaini, Ameer Jamaat e Islami Hind, among the signatories of the letter.
The activists are being asked to go to police stations for questioning during the lockdown, claimed the letter.
At this time, when the courts are partially working and communication is limited due to the lockdown, these steps tantamount to unnecessary “harassment” by the Delhi Police, the letter said.
Communal clashes had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after violence between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralled out of control leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.
Frenzied mobs torched houses, shops, vehicles, a petrol pump and pelted stones at residents and police personnel.