An Amnesty International India field investigation has documented several human rights violations committed by the Delhi police during the 2020 February Delhi riots. These violations include Delhi police officers indulging in violence with the rioters; torturing in custody; using excessive force on protesters; dismantling protest sites used by peaceful protesters and being mute bystanders as rioters wreaked havoc.

The most significant human rights issues included police and security force abuses, such as extrajudicial killings, disappearances, torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, rape, harsh and life-threatening prison conditions, and lengthy pretrial detention.

Shahida (Riot Survivor) told that we called th100-emergency number multiple times but there was no answera When they did answer, they kept saying, ‘you want Azaadi (freedom)? Here take azaadi (freedom) now”.

Bhure Khan (Riot Survivor) started crying and told that they were raising slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ (Hail Lord Rama). First they set my car and motorcycle on fire. My brother was hit by a stone. We realised that the police were hand in glove with the rioters so I told my family that it is best to leave everything and run”.

Click to see full briefing (Amnesty International Investigative Briefing)

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