Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday took the police commissioner to task about what Delhi Police was doing to contain the communal situation in Trilokpuri, amid growing clamour from the Congress which demanded the resignations from Singh and Delhi Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung.
Sources said Singh called police chief BS Bassi and asked him to move ahead from the “superficial measures” taken by his force and get to the bottom of the rioting.
Senior officials said police have been asked to mediate between the two religious groups and contain any kind of rumour-mongering in the area.
The Congress alleged that the BJP, RSS and other related outfits have been deliberately fomenting communal trouble ahead of local elections in many states. “Whether it is UP or Bihar or now Delhi, we hear the name of a BJP MLA here or an RSS office-bearer there when there is communal trouble. The pattern is clear,” said Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi.
The Congress said the role of a BJP MLA Sunil Kumar Vaidya in the Trilokpuri incident has come under question. “The role of Sunil Kumar Vaidya needs to be answered. There are reports that he had convened a meeting on Diwali night and the trouble started after that,” Singhvi said.
“The Congress party demands the resignation of the Lt-Governor and the Home Minister for their inaction and soft attitude towards a serious situation in which the authorities had prior information,” Singhvi said.
The Delhi Police in a preliminary report submitted to the MHA did not mention the cause of the communal incident. Peeved at the incomplete report, the home ministry has now asked them to submit a detailed report.
The ministry demanded a detailed reports on the reasons of clashes, steps being taken to end tensions and whether there was any conspiracy to trigger the violence during festival season.
“The minister has given a free hand to police to detain and arrest any person spreading hate messages in the area to stoke further violence.
The police chief was asked why an immediate clampdown was not initiated when the tension had been simmering on for the past few days,” said a senior home ministry official.
Officials said after the report is analysed, it will be decided whether any disciplinary action should be taken against the policemen for any kind of dereliction of duty. The home ministry had issued a circular last week cautioning states that communal incidents could flare up over issues like use of loudspeakers, bursting of crackers and even forcible collection of donations.