Conference on Delhi Riots 2020 advocated justice and accountability

The event saw the participation of eminent personalities, including Deepak Mishra (former special commissioner of Delhi police), S.N. Dhingra (former judge Delhi high court), and B.S. Bassi (former commissioner of Delhi), along with nearly 50 victims of the Delhi riots.

| Updated: 24 February, 2024 8:46 pm IST
Fourth anniversary Delhi riots: GIA hosts conference, advocates justice, prevention, rehabilitation, and compensation

NEW DELHI: On the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the Delhi riots in 2020, a conference titled “Justice for Delhi Riots 2020: Prevention, Rehabilitation & Compensation” was organised by the Group of Intellectuals and Academicians (GIA) at Nalanda Hall, Ambedkar International Center. The event saw the participation of eminent personalities, including Deepak Mishra (former special commissioner of Delhi police), S.N. Dhingra (former judge Delhi high court), and B.S. Bassi (former commissioner of Delhi), along with nearly 50 victims of the Delhi riots.

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The conference commenced with a discussion on the background narrative and events during the 2020 riots in North East Delhi, stemming from opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019. Justice S.N. Srivastava, former judge of Allahabad High Court, provided insights into the occurrences, attributing them to the diminishing impact of the Islamic regime in post-partition India. He suggested that addressing the challenges faced by the Hindu community could involve collaboration with retired military personnel.

Delhi riots victims shared their testimonies, highlighting false charges, accusations, and the subsequent denial of compensation. The session also delved into the Sandeshkali issue in West Bengal, emphasising the need for awareness about such sensitive matters. Nirmal Kaur IPS, Former DGP, Jharkhand, stressed the importance of not forgetting these instances. Deepak Mishra shed light on the role of the police in riots and their obligation to uphold the law.

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Justice S.N. Dhingra underscored the relevance of government accountability and the collective efforts of citizens. He invoked “Yatha Praja, Tatha Raja,” urging cooperation with the police under the rule of law and encouraging citizens to learn self-defense. B.N. Bassi, IPS, echoed the emphasis on police system accountability and citizen awareness.

The GIA released a report on Information Warfare, addressing the emerging trend of the next-gen warfare. Advocate Monika Arora, the convenor of GIA, emphasised the impact of information warfare, attributing the communal riots to radical and extremist forces. She raised concerns about the farmer’s protest, South cutting, and pre-election riots, urging reliance on credible news sources.

The conference concluded with a tribute to the victims of Delhi Riots 2020, honouring their memories. Monika Arora stressed the importance of staying informed through reliable sources in the face of emerging challenges like information warfare.

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