Congress delegates (L-R) Sushmita Dev, Shaktisinh Gohil, Mukul Wasnik and Tariq Anwar, who among others were constituted to visit the riot-affected areas in North-East Delhi, during a press briefing at AICC HQ in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI)
NEW DELHI :
A FACT-FINDING committee of the Congress on Monday submitted a report on the Delhi violence to party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi in which it pointed out the alleged failure of the Central and Delhi Governments in instilling confidence among the people, sources said. The report also pointed to the “inaction” on part of both the Governments to address to the grievances of those who suffered during the Delhi riots, they said.
The report, the sources said, noted that inflammatory speeches made by some BJP leaders in the presence of police officers led to the clashes. They also pointed to the utter failure of Delhi police in controlling the riots. The team visited riot-affected areas in North East Delhi and met with the victims and their families, both in hospitals as well as in their residences. They also met the families of the Delhi Police head constable and an IB officer who were killed in the clashes, the sources said. Gandhi had formed a team to look into violence in northeast Delhi. The committee included Mukul Wasnik, Tariq Anwar, Sushmita Dev, Shaktisinh Gohil and Kumari Selja.
The Delhi Government has maintained that 53 people were killed and over 200 injured in the communal violence that broke out in northeast areas of the city last month. The areas worst affected in the violence included Jaffrabad, Maujpur, Chand Bagh, Khureji Khas and Bhajanpura. Crime Branch searching for Tahir Hussain’s brother:THE Crime Branch of Delhi Police is looking for Shah Alam, the brother of suspended Aam Aadmi Party councilor Tahir Hussain, in connection with the murder of Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer Ankit Sharma, police sources said. Shah Alam’s name surfaced during the investigation into the case. Hussain was arrested by the Delhi Police on Thursday for the alleged murder of Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer Ankit Sharma, during the recent violence in north-east Delhi.
A Delhi court later sent Hussain to 7-day police custody, in connection with the case. The Karkardooma Court had earlier rejected the anticipatory bail plea of the suspended AAP leader, observing that nobody had appeared from the accused side. Hussain is an accused in the FIR lodged over the alleged killing of IB officer Sharma whose body was recovered from a drain in Chand Bagh on February 26. The deceased’s father, Ravinder Kumar, on whose complaint the FIR was lodged, named the AAP leader as an accused. He has alleged that Hussain, whose office is located near Chand Bagh Pulia, had gathered men who were pelting stones and petrol bombs during the violence which led to tension and fear among local residents.