Delhi Police Back Govt Claim of ‘Paid’ Anti-CAA Women Protesters

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Muslim women stage a sit-in demonstration against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019, National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR), in New Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh on Jan 17, 2020. — IANS

According to the charge-sheet, Shifa-Ur-Rehman and others collected funds predominantly in cash and also in bank accounts and funded the sustenance of various sit-in protest sites by providing logistics and daily wages to lady protesters. 

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NEW DELHI – The Delhi Police, in a charge-sheet filed last week at the Karkardooma court, alleged that the anti-CAA women protesters at Shaheen Bagh and near Jamia Millia Islamia were paid “daily wages”.

The charge-sheet says that the monetary support was given by the alleged conspirators behind the North-east Delhi riots, and also alleges that the protesting women were just a ‘secular cover, gender cover and media cover’.

According to the charge-sheet, Shifa-Ur-Rehman, Jamia coordination committee member and president of Alumni Association of JMI (AAJMI), and others collected funds predominantly in cash and also in bank accounts and funded this sustenance of various sit-in protest sites by providing logistics and daily wages to lady protesters.

“AAJMI also provided mic, poster, banners, ropes, etc. at Gate Number 7 of the Jamia Millia protest site. AAJMI also paid for buses hired for protests. The daily expenditure of AAJMI ranged between Rs 5,000-10,000 at the protest site of Jamia Gate Number 7 alone,” the charge-sheet states.

During the initial days of the protest, Bharatiya Janata Party and its right-wringer associates tried to vilify the women of the Shaheen Bagh as ‘paid’, through social media and IT cell. The  first such claim was made by BJP’s IT cell in-charge Amit Malviya, who tweeted a video of a tea seller speaking of monetary payment to the women.

The Delhi police seem to corroborate the idea of paid protesters hatched by the government and its leaders. However, the women at the protesting site vehemently condemned the allegations and criticised such a move.

Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, the state adjacent to the national capital, had once said in his Delhi Assembly election speech that the ‘Men’ have been lying inside their blankets and have sent their women to sit on the roads. The campaign that women at Shaheen Bagh sit for ‘free Biryani’ was also run.

Activists have alleged in several press conferences that the police are following a script handed by their political masters. The police are not investigating a ‘conspiracy’. Rather, the investigation is a conspiracy itself, alleged activists.

Calling the Jamia violence as the ‘beta version’ of the violence that occurred at North-east Delhi in late February, the Delhi police, in the charge-sheet said, “while executing the continuing conspiracy in February 2020, chose North-east Delhi with its unique economic, social and demographic matrix as being the ideal ground for mass-scale mobilisation and violence… Further, with the introduction of DPSG (Delhi Protests Solidarity Group) and Pinjra Tod for a wider role, the stigma of being perceived as an overtly communal campaign without a tactical female shield was effectively erased.”

The police claim that the localities of the Shaheen Bagh and Jamia Millia Islamia were deliberately avoided by the conspirators to have optimum impact of the riots.

“The choice of sit-in protest sites in pockets dominated by the Muslim domination, their proximity to arterial roads which opened up to the location of mixed populations and the careful distribution of supervisory domains from among the core members leave no doubt that the intent was to create maximum communal strife, damage and destruction, once the initial sparks were fed to the media frenzy created by a select group of digital media houses,” the charge-sheet further states.

Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur, Parvesh Verma and other saffron leaders and their followers like Ragini Tiwari tried to vilify the movement by calling it mini-Pakistan and accused them of being potential rapists and terrorists. Yogi had also boasted about giving ‘goli’ (bullet) instead of Biryani, referring to the police killings that took place in Uttar Pradesh in December last year.

Communal clashes had broken out in north-east Delhi on February 24 after the hate speech and ultimatum given by BJP leader Kapil Mishra and Facebook Live by Ragini Tiwari to mobilise people at proximity of the protest sites. The communal carnage took place, leaving 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

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