New Delhi: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday ‘reiterated’ his stance that February’s communal violence in northeast Delhi was a ‘pogrom,’ calling upon the government to set up an inquiry under a sitting Supreme Court or High Court judge to probe the riots in which a death toll of more than 50 has been recorded thus far.Also Read - ‘Delhi Violence Happened With Full Planning, Atmosphere of Hatred Was Created,’ Alleged Owaisi
The development came during a discussion on the issue in the Lok Sabha with a war of words breaking out between the ruling BJP, represented by Meenakshi Lekhi and the opposition Congress, which was represented by Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. Also Read - Woman Chants 'Pakistan Zindabad' at Owaisi's Bengaluru Rally, Faces Sedition Charges | WATCH
Speaking on the issue, Owaisi said, “To call it a communal riot will be a joke. It was a pogrom. This is not a question of Hindu or Muslim, this is about whether the government will rise up to its Constitutional duty. ” Also Read - How Many Muslims, Dalits? UIDAI Has Not Followed Rules: Asaduddin Owaisi on Notices to 127 People
“I demand an inquiry by a sitting SC or High Court judge,” he further said.
Earlier this month, addressing a gathering at his party’s 62nd foundation day in Hyderabad, Owaisi had said that the violence had taken place with ‘full planning and preparation’ and an ‘atmosphere of hatred’ was created. “It cannot be called a communal riot but it is a pogrom,” he had alleged.
Later in the day, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, whose silence over the violence has been questioned by the opposition, addressed the House on the issue, praising the Delhi Police for containing the violence and controlling it within 36 hours, adding that ‘no one involved in the violence will be spared.’