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Delhi Police inaction towards protecting minorities reminiscent of 1984 riots: SAD MP Naresh Gujral

Speaking to PTI after shooting off a letter to Delhi Police chief Amulya Patnaik, Gujral, the son of former prime minister I K Gujral, said that minorities in certain parts of the city are "frightened".

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 27, 2020 6:52:17 pm
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Delhi Police’s inaction towards protecting the lives and properties of the people belonging to the minority community in Delhi is a “reminiscent” of 1984 Sikh riots, Shiromani Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral said on Thursday.

Talking to news agency PTI after shooting off a letter to Delhi Police chief Amulya Patnaik, the lawmaker said that nobody would want 1984 to be repeated. “The minorities in certain parts of the city (Delhi) are frightened because their lives and properties have not been protected by the Delhi Police, which is very similar to what we saw in 1984. It’s shocking.”

SAD MP Naresh Goyal’s letter to Delhi Police chief Amulya Patnaik.

In his letter, the MP, whose party is an ally of the BJP, has slammed the Delhi Police for allegedly not acting on his complaint requesting them to help out 16 people of the minority community. “No action was taken on my complaint and those 16 individuals received no assistance whatsoever from the Delhi Police. They, fortunately, managed to escape only because some Hindu neighbours came to their rescue,” he wrote. He requested Patnaik to look into the matter so that “serious complaints” get “urgent attention” in future.

“When a member of parliament’s complaint is not paid heed to, one can imagine the plight of the common man. No sane Indian wants a repeat of 1984,” Gujral told PTI.

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