The violence which hit Delhi’s North East district on 23 February 2020 and continued unabated for the next few days was seemingly planned and directed to teach a lesson to a certain community which dared to protest against a discriminatory law. This was this Commission’s assessment when we paid an official day-long visit to the violence-affected area on 2 March 2020.
During that unfortunate violence, many lost their lives, hundreds got wounded and hundreds of houses, shops, offices, workshops, garages etc. were looted and put to flames. Attempts ever since are being made to shield the planners, instigators, leaders and perpetrators of that violenceand turn the victims into culprits. Courts of law will play their crucial role to see through the web of deceit being woven by certain quarters including a section of media. It is encouraging that victims are coming forward to seek justice and speak out. A section of media is doing its duty to faithfully unearth the unpalatable truths.