New Delhi: Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Wednesday lashed out at the Centre over the recent communal violence in northeast Delhi, remarking that ‘humanity was defeated,’ during a discussion on the issue in Lok Sabha. Also Read - After Witnessing Frequent Disruptions, Lok Sabha to Hold Discussion on Delhi Violence Today
The discussion on the riots took place in the lower house today after Speaker Om Birla had last week scheduled it for the day after Holi, prompting a furious protest from the opposition who wanted the issue to be discussed at the earliest. Seven Congress MPs were suspended for the rest of the ongoing Budget session, which concludes on April 3, for alleged misconduct; their suspension was revoked earlier today. Also Read - Delhi Violence: Shahrukh, Who Opened Fire at Police, Sent to 14-day Judicial Custody
Initiating the discussion, Chowdhury, the leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, said, “Some claim that Hindus have won, others say that Muslims have won. However, actually, the fact is that humanity was defeated in Delhi.” Also Read - Delhi Violence: Delhi Police Arrests AAP Leader Tahir Hussain’s Brother Shah Alam
He then questioned the Delhi Police and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, to whom the former reports, wondering how the national capital witnessed violence for three consecutive days. “The government, especially the Home Minister, has to answer how violence continued for three days in Delhi,” he said during the discussion.
“What was Amit Shah ji doing when Delhi was burning,” Chowdhury questioned the Union Home Minister.
The riots, during which Delhi witnessed its worst communal violence over three decades, initially began as a clash between pro- and anti-CAA protesters in Maujpur on February 23. The clash, however, escalated into communal violence the next day and continued on February 25 as well. The situation was brought under control only after NSA Ajit Doval was handed the responsibility of restoring law and order, late night on February 25.
A death toll of more than 50 has been recorded, as a result of the violence, thus far.