Dentist murder: Delhi Police to launch hunt for rumour mongers

DELHI(DNA): Delhi Police further increased the security in Delhi’s Vikaspuri area, on Sunday, keeping in mind the spread of rumours that followed the brutal lynching of Pankaj Narang, a Delhi-based dentist.

Even though rumours surrounding the murder finally seemed die down by Sunday morning, police officials told dna they were not taking any chances so soon. Especially seeing how some local residents now feared the possibility of an untoward incident of communal violence taking place in the area, police added.

Soon after the 40-year-old dentist, was brutally murdered by a mob, social media was abuzz with unconfirmed claims such as the involvement of a ‘Muslim mob’ Among other rumours that were were being allegedly spread on social media websites included how Dr Narang was attacked after his son threw colour on Muslim men who objected to the same.

Another vile rumour that was countered by senior officials of Delhi Police was involvement of Bangladeshi Muslims in the murder and how they attacked Dr Narang after seeing him celebrate Indian cricket team’s win over Bangladesh in the ongoing 20-20 world cup championship. Many Facebook pages had also cropped up making similar accusation and Saturday saw right wing groups, including Hindu Sena, visiting the local police station demanding justice for Dr Narang and expulsion of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants from the country.

The local police soon realised that their action has to be two-fold that is, arrest of individuals involved in crime and countering rumours that could lead to a potential law and order situation in the area especially in the cluster of homes inhabited by the accused and their families.

Meetings with locals, counselling of youth and arranging gatherings to let members of all communities interact with each other are some of the steps that the Delhi Police have taken this week in order maintain peace and tranquility in the area.

“Our priority right now is to prevent any untoward incident in the area and we have been doing so successfully till now,” said DCP West, Pushpendra Kumar adding cyber cell of Delhi Police has also been directed to find the root of rumours that were spread regarding Dr Narangs murder. “Our plan of action is two-fold at the moment,” Kumar added.

Sources told dna that top rung of the Delhi Police are not willing to go easy on individuals who allegedly tried to the give road rage incident a communal colour within hours of the lynching taking place.

dna also learnt senior officials of the Delhi Police in meetings with Deputy Commissioners of all districts of the National Capital, have advised them to use their Twitter and Facebook accounts more effectively. This, in order to keep in check ‘mischievous elements’ trying to stoke communal tensions through internet. According to sources, several twitter handles and facebook accounts have come under scanner of the Delhi police. This also includes the ones who allegedly abused Monika Bhardwaj, the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (West Delhi) who had come up on the social media giving details about the arrested accused seeing twitter littered with rumours.

“Out of 9 accused persons 5 are Hindu. At the moment of first scuffle, one out of two was Hindu. The Muslim accused are residents of UP, not Bangladesh,” she said on her twitter handle.

“4 juveniles are among 9 arrested for murder of Vikaspuri doctor. No religious angle at all, as rumoured by some. We appeal to you to maintain peace,” she had tweeted.

On Saturday, a member of Dr Narang’s family, Tushar Narang, took to Facebook to express his concerns.

“A death in the family always hurts, what hurts more is when people use it as political agendas and pit two, already volatile communities against each other. Hold responsible, the people indulged in act, not the whole community. Those who killed him weren’t out to kill Hindus, they were degraded scum who, I am sure wouldn’t have given second thoughts about killing someone belonging to their own religion. Though we never talked much, you will be missed,” he wrote.​
Priority is to maintain peace, says Police

Meetings with locals, counselling of youth and arranging gatherings to let members of all communities interact with each other are some of the steps that the Delhi Police have taken this week in order maintain peace and tranquility in the area. “Our priority right now is to prevent any untoward incident in the area and we have been doing so successfully till now,” said DCP West, Pushpendra Kumar