The Indian Police Service, on Thursday, has condemned an article of the New York Times for its 'concerted effort to defame and denigrate Indian Institutions' with its 'biased reporting' and 'outright lies'. The remarks came after an article titled ‘How Delhi’s Police Turned Against Muslims’ questioned the Delhi Police’s supposed role in the violence that broke out in North East Delhi in late February.
The IPS tweeted about the article and stated that the IPS was a professional body, and pointed out that they too had lost two of their own during the riots, while 70 more personnel were injured.
1/3 We strongly condemn the article in @nytimes on the conduct of Police in Delhi riots, which is a combination of biased reporting, dangerous innuendo and outright lies.— IPS Association (@IPS_Association) March 12, 2020
The article is clearly a concerted effort to denigrate and defame Indian Institutions. @PMOIndia @HMOIndia
2/3 Indian Police forces are professional bodies which do their duty without fear or favour.— IPS Association (@IPS_Association) March 12, 2020
Our personnel are neither Hindus nor Muslims. They are Indians, serve Indians and during critical times they have also sacrificed their lives for Indians.@PMOIndia @HMOIndia @htTweets
3/3 It is easy to cast aspersions on Police but here is a reminder that 2 security personnel have lost their lives in the riots and more than 70 were injured.— IPS Association (@IPS_Association) March 12, 2020
India’s Police forces will keep doing their duty and ensure every Indian is protected. @toi @IndiaToday @IndianExpress
The article accused the Delhi Police of being complicit in the violence and even acting out against Muslims. The article stated that the Delhi police ‘concertedly moved against Muslims’ and ‘at times actively helped the Hindu mobs’. The article also called India’s police culture ‘brutal’, ‘biased’, and ‘anti-minority’.
The article also accused Government of interfering in the Judiciary, and even said that ‘some judges have also seemed to be caught up — or pushed out — by a Hindu-nationalist wave’.
Violence broke out in several areas in northeast Delhi, forcing the application of Section 144 as well as other strict curbs. Additional security forces have been called in amid the rampant stone-pelting, destruction of public and private property, arson and assorted wanton destruction.
In all, 53 people died and over 200 were injured in the Delhi riots. Delhi Police head constable Ratan Lal lost his life and IB officer Ankit Sharma was heinously butchered. The police had filed 167 FIRs and have arrested and have detained 885 people in the matter. Meanwhile, the Delhi HC has given Centre till April 13 to file a counter-affidavit on the plea seeking FIR against leaders who gave hate speech which allegedly incited the Delhi violence.