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The Indian government has said that the violence in some areas of Delhi was part of a "well-planned conspiracy".

A March 12 news article in the New York Times entitled "If We Kill You Nothing Happens": How Delhi's police turned against Muslims was based on inaccurate, incomplete or misleading information. Ongoing investigations show that the violence was the result of a "well-planned conspiracy" and that several people from neighboring Uttar Pradesh had come to Delhi "to cause unrest," said Union Interior Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday. The Delhi police not only acted decisively to prevent the unrest from spreading to other areas, but have since arrested or detained up to 2,647 people. We look at some of the claims in the article and explain what actually happened based on facts. Now there is more evidence that the Delhi Police, under the direct command of Mr Modi's government and with very few Muslim officers, jointly cracked down on Muslims and at times actively helped the Hindu mobs that were in New Zealand in late February -Delhi raged. Burn down Muslim homes and target Muslim families. To say that the Delhi police have taken concerted action against the Muslims and at times actively helped the insurgent mobs is a travesty of the truth. In a detailed statement in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, Union Interior Minister Amit Shah categorically denied allegations that the Delhi police were on the side of the mob mobs. The Indian government has said that the violence was part of a "well-planned conspiracy" and that the planning has apparently long been underway. Security agencies are investigating hawala (illegal money transfer) transactions that took place after January and three people who financed the riot were arrested by police in Delhi. Two people linked to ISIS have also been detained for inciting local violence, the Union Interior Minister said. A Delhi police officer was killed and several senior officials were seriously injured while trying to control the violence of the mobs. This would not have happened if the force had been on the side of the mobs. The Delhi government and police have actively worked for peace and harmony in the affected areas of Delhi. To date, more than 650 meetings of the peace committee have taken place, with representation of all communities guaranteed, said the Union's interior minister. Several videos showed police beating and pelting Muslim protesters and waving to Hindu mobs to join them. In some cases, the police had to resort to stone throwing to deter the rioters while maintaining restraint, Amit Shah stressed. This would definitely not have been the case if the police wanted to give the rioters a free hand. Claims that police officers wave to Hindu mobs to join them while throwing stones has been denied by senior police officers in Delhi. Some researchers accuse police of deliberately taking too few officers onto the streets with insufficient firepower as the violence turned from clashes between rival protesters into targeted killings of Muslims. There is no question that the Delhi police are deliberately bringing "too few officers" onto the streets. On February 23 and 24, 30 to 40 companies (over 3,000 to 4,000 employees) from the Delhi Police and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) were deployed in the affected areas. The riots were contained within 36 hours of the first incident being reported on February 24 at 2:00 p.m. Not a single incident of unrest occurred after 11 p.m. after February 23. Union Interior Minister Shah said in the Lok Sabha. The unrest spread quickly due to the high population density of the affected areas with mixed populations. The narrow streets prevented effective timely intervention by police vehicles and ambulance rescue. More than 80 paramilitary companies were still operating in the affected areas, and specialized strike forces were deployed to quickly control the unrest if such a situation reoccurs, Shah said. The claim of "targeted killing of Muslims" is obviously wrong. Many members of other communities were also among the victims. Every victim was an Indian, Union Interior Minister Shah stressed on Wednesday, appealing not to address them on the basis of their religion. Muslim leaders see the violence as a state-sanctioned campaign to teach them a lesson. The area hit by violence has a mixed population and members of different communities and beliefs have all been affected. "Several people have come over from Uttar Pradesh specifically to cause rioting, which shows that this was a well-planned conspiracy," said Union Interior Minister Shah. He pointed out that one of the first police actions was to seal the UP-Delhi border on February 24th at 10pm. The Delhi police and intelligence services set a precise sequence of events in advance of the violence. Union Interior Minister Amit Shah announced the following details in Lok Sabha. A dharna (protest) began in Shaheen Bagh on December 16, two days after a rally by political parties opposed to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). A WhatsApp group United Against Hate was founded on February 17th. Some leaders made an inflammatory speech on February 19. This sparked protests from 8-9 groups in the area and culminated in unrest, Shah said. The Union's interior minister said some interest groups had incited and misled the minorities and feared the CAA would take away their citizenship, which is not true. It is highly irresponsible for the New York Times to call it an organized massacre. Here are some quick facts about actions by the Delhi Police that the New York Times could have investigated to better understand what is being done to bring the guilty to justice.

  • A conspiracy case has been recorded
  • Two special investigation teams were formed among senior police officers to investigate the riot
  • More than 700 FIRs have been registered
  • Up to 2,647 people were arrested or detained
  • CCTV material is analyzed on over 25 computers in order to identify the perpetrators of the violence
  • Lots of ordinary people have reported using the footage they captured on their cell phones
  • More than 1,100 people have been identified and 40 teams have been formed to arrest them