Shiromani Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral wrote to Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik and Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, accusing the Delhi Police of inaction while dealing with complaints during the violent clashes in northeast Delhi, in which 34 people have been killed so far and over 200 injured.
Gujral said police took no action on his request for assistance to 16 Muslims who were trapped inside a house near Gonda Chowk in Delhi’s Maujpur on Wednesday night, while a mob was trying to break in.
“I immediately called 100 to lodge a complaint, and gave the police officer the phone number of the gentleman who called me. I explained the urgency of the situation and told the operator that I am a Member of Parliament. At 11:43 pm, I received a confirmation from the Delhi Police that my complaint had been received along with the reference number 946603.
However, much to my disappointment, no action was taken on my complaint and those 16 individuals received no assistance whatsoever from the Delhi Police,” Gujral wrote.
Gujral, whose party is a BJP ally, said the 16 Muslims managed to escape only because some Hindus came to their rescue.
"If this is the situation when a Member of Parliament makes a complaint personally, it is not surprising that certain parts of Delhi continue to burn while the police stands by apathetically," he wrote.
At least 34 people have died and over 200 injured in communal clashes over the amended citizenship law in northeast Delhi.
Frenzied mobs torched houses, shops, vehicles, a petrol pump and pelted stones at locals and police personnel.
Jaffrabad, Maujpur, Babarpur, Yamuna Vihar, Bhajanpura, Chand Bagh and Shiv Vihar are among the areas mainly affected by the riots.
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