Delhi violence: Oppn demand action against hate speeches

New Delhi/ Lucknow, Feb 28 (IANS) | Publish Date: 2/28/2020 12:42:44 PM IST

Several non-Congress opposition parties have written to President Ram Nath Kovind to direct authorities to ensure peace is restored in violence-hit northeast Delhi and action against those accused of making provocative speeches.

  Leaders from parties like NCP, CPI(M), CPI, RJD, LJD, DMK and AAP have also sought time from Kovind to discuss the situation in the national capital. 

“Immediate establishment of peace and a direction to authorities concerned, like the Lt Governor of Delhi who is directly answerable to you, to ensure speedy restoration of normalcy and to ensure that FIRs must be filed immediately against all who have made provocative hate speeches and the perpetrators of this violence must be brought to book,” the leaders said in their letter. 

The Congress had met the president on Thursday to seek normalcy and peace in areas hit by violence, and had demand Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s resignation. 

At least 39 were killed and over 200 injured in the communal clashes that broke out in northeast Delhi on Monday after clashes between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralled out of control.

The areas worst affected in the violence include Jaffrabad, Maujpur, Chand Bagh, Khureji Khas and Bhajanpura. 

The letter was signed by CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, LJD’s Sharad Yadav, NCP’s Praful Patel, DMK’s T R Balu, CPI’s D Raja, RJD’s Manoj Jha and AAP’s Sanjay Singh.  The leaders also demanded setting up of relief camps for those who have been rendered homeless and providing them adequate security.

The parties also demanded that they be allowed to organise inter-faith peace events in riot-affected areas. 

They also urged the president to facilitate opening of centres in the area to counsel those affected by the violence. 

Mayawati writes to Prez, seeks judicial probe

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President Mayawati on Friday wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind on the violence in northeast Delhi, in which more than 40 people have been killed so far, demanding a judicial probe into the riots.

She stated that the violence in the national capital that began on Sunday and continued for four days was a failure of the Bhartiya Janata Party-led government.

“Delhi, which is the capital of India, has once again been hit by deadly riots like the 1984 Sikh riots and there has been a massive loss of life and property,” she wrote in the letter.

The riots and the loss of lives and property were “very serious, extremely sad and worrisome”, she said.

The violence, she said, had attracted the world’’s attention to India and the country has become a subject of negative discussions.

“It is the duty of the ruling BJP and its government to see that they do not do anything that would damage the prestige of the country nor tolerate any statement by its party members or let them indulge in any activity that would lead to anarchy and violence,” Mayawati said.

She pointed out that “People have seen and felt that the BJP and its government have been a failure to a large extent in living up to its constitutional responsibilities. Over three dozen people have lost their lives, over 200 were injured, and in these times of price rise, poverty, and unemployment, a massive loss to businesses and trade has happened.”

The BSP chief said a high-level judicial probe under a Supreme Court judge must be ordered into the violent clashes in Delhi for a meaningful outcome of the investigations to “wash away the blot” on the national capital, like that of the anti-Sikh riots.

Mayawati also slammed the Delhi Police, saying the force and the administration were negligent in tackling the riots.

She also urged the President to direct the Delhi government and Centre to provide relief and assistance to those affected by the riots in the best possible manner.


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