Amnesty International (AI) has documented several human rights abuses committed by the Delhi police during the February 2020 riots over the controversial citizenship change law, including abuse of force against demonstrators, torture in custody and damage to the property of peaceful demonstrators and inaction, to protect citizens from the devastating effects of protests.
This law, promoted by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave non-Muslim citizens of other countries quick citizenship, which many critics viewed as discriminating against the country’s Islamic population.
The riots lasted six days, February 23-29, in which 53 people died and more than 500 were injured.
So far, Delhi police have arrested several students and cited teachers and human rights activists as allegations that they were all conspiring to organize violent acts against the law and discredit the Indian government. The Union’s interior minister, Amit Shah, has highlighted the “commendable” work of the security forces in this regard.