“Chilling reminder” of Gujarat pogrom; HC directs Delhi Police to register FIR against perpetrators; Death toll rises to 27 | The Background

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“Chilling reminder” of Gujarat pogrom; HC directs Delhi Police to register FIR against perpetrators; Death toll rises to 27

“We will register FIR at the appropriate time”, the Solicitor General said. Justice Muralidhar replied, “When is the appropriate time, Mr Mehta? The city is burning”.

The Background, New Delhi:

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday has directed the Delhi Police Commissioner to “take conscious decision” on registration of FIR in respect of inflammatory speeches allegedly made by politicians including but not limited to BJP leaders Anurag Thakur, Parvesh Vema, Kapil Verma and Abhay Verma, Live Law reported.

The bench comprising of Justices S Muralidhar and Talwant Singh passed the order inspite of the fact that the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the Delhi Police raised a stiff opposition.

In the session the Court had played out clips containing the alleged inflammatory speech of Kapil Mishra. Later on, it examined the clips in respect of others as well.

The National Security Advisor Ajit Doval took charge of the law and order situation in Delhi, walking through a number of the areas where he talked to those affected by the violence. He also claimed that the situation is under control’.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up Delhi Police over handling of the ongoing clash in Delhi. It said that the police is not doing enough to check violence that has gripped the capital and also the inflammatory speeches that provoke mobs. The observations were made while the court was hearing the Shaheen Bagh matter. While hearing the Shaheen Bagh matter, the court postponed the hearing for March 23, saying the “environment is not conducive” to discuss these issues.

Meanwhile in Shaheen Bagh, which is about 20 kilometres away from the scene of violence, the atmosphere is quite tense. The  protesters  are apprehensive and anxious. The overwhelming feeling is, however, not to abandon the protest. “They want to break us. Scare us. But it won’t work. We will carry on peacefully,” says Amna Faheem. Scroll.in reported.

Tension continues to simmer in and around north and northeast Delhi for the fourth consecutive day today as the death toll rose to 27 and at least 250 are injured.

In a press conference in the capital on Wednesday, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury alleged, “It’s clear that the violence in Delhi has the sanction  of police and that of the powers that govern them. Adequate compensation should be provided to the kin of the dead and those injured by the Centre and the state government.” He also said that the violence is a “chilling reminder” of the 2002 Gujarat riots. He also urged the administration to call the army to restore peace and normalcy in Delhi.

Congress leader Sonia Gandhi in a press conference also demanded resignation of the Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

The Delhi Police resorted to using water cannons to disperse students from Jawaharlal Nehru University members of the Alumni Association of Jamia Millia Islamia (AAJMI) and Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC) who had gathered outside Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence.


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