Delhi Minorities Commission issues notice to Sudarshan TV channel to prove claims about Rohingyas and Bangladeshis

New Delhi (30 May 2018): Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) has issued a notice to Sudarshan TV over a report it telecast about residents of Bawana in north Delhi. The channel had aired a programme on 11 May which dubbed Bawana residents as “Bangladeshis” and “Rohingyas” although these Indian citizens have been officially settled here by government agencies after relocating then from various Delhi areas over the decades.

DMC has ordered the managing director of the channel to reply by 12 June with proofs to show that Bawana residents are “Bangladeshis” and “Rohingyas”. Failing this, the channel has been ordered to tender an unconditional written apology and inform the Commission what action it has taken against the reporters and staff who prepared and aired the fake report which “spread disaffection against a section of Indian citizens and could have instigated a riot”. DMC also ordered the channel to air the apology and deposit an undertaking with DMC that it will not air such divisive reports in future. DMC has said in its notice that should the channel fail to positively reply to the notice, “appropriate action will be taken by DMC against this channel.”

The Commission has also issued a notice to DCP North District to file a report about action taken against the said broadcast, especially against one Ganga Ram who is allegedly behind spreading rumours that residents of the area are “Bangladeshis” and “Rohingyas”.

Notice to CISF over violation of Sikh citizen’s religious rights

New Delhi: Last month, officers of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) did not allow a Sikh citizen to travel on Metro at Dhaula Kuan Metro Station because he was wearing a kirpan. The Sikh citizen showed them an order of the Union Aviation Ministry saying that Sikhs are allowed to carry a 6-inch-long kirpan on all domestic flights in India, but the CISF officers were not impressed. Upon receiving a complaint from the said Sikh citizen, Delhi Minorities Commission has written to the director general of CISF informing him that the Indian Constitution’s Art. 25 allows Sikhs to carry kirpans. The Commission said in its letter, “we tend to believe that the above incident took place out of ignorance…. But if it is repeated in future, we will take appropriate action.” The Commission has ordered CISF to disseminate this information to all concerned at Metro and railway stations, airports and other places where CISF is deployed.

Notice to Police over Sadar Bazar riot and armed procession at Parliament Street

New Delhi: An outfit styled as “Hindu United Front” took out an armed procession on Parliament Street on 10 May demanding abolition of Muslims’ minority status, enactment of law to curtail population and a ban on offering namaz on roads. A riot broke out on 16 May at Sadar Bazar and Bara Hindu Rao which spread to Qasabpura in Old Delhi. Some vehicles were damaged and a few people were injured in this violence which was the culmination of a stabbing incident two days earlier in Jhandewalan because the victim (Zubair) sported beard and skullcap. Delhi Minorities Commission has issued notices to the DCPs of the respective areas to file status reports explaining the actions taken against the culprits.