New Delhi: How many more deaths will it take to file FIR over provocative speeches, asked the Delhi High Court on Wednesday expressing displeasure, as a high voltage drama erupted in the courtroom over the ongoing violence the national capital. Reprimanding the Delhi Police, the High Court directed it to watch the videotapes and take a conscious decision. Also Read - Delhi Police' Head Constable Gets Heart-Warming Letter From 8-Year-Old Daughter, Viral Message Will Move You to Tears
“This is the anguish of the court and we want you to tell it to Commissioner of Police. You should sit and make a decision. Come back and tell us tomorrow,” the court told Praveen Ranjan, Special Commissioner of Police. Also Read - Delhi Police Forms 'COVID Patrol' Team With 40 Motorcycles to Spread Awareness About COVID-19
Several video clips of speeches by political leaders including the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Kapil Mishra and Anurag Thakur were played in front of the High Court bench, headed by Justice S. Muralidhar, after a plea was presented seeking action over the ‘hate speeches’. The petition sought an independent enquiry, compensation for the deceased and arrest of prominent political personalities for inciting violence in north-east Delhi. Also Read - 'You Might Not See Us!' Delhi Police Turns on Harry Potter's Invisibility Cloak to Curb Fake News
Notably, at least 22 people have died so far, including 30 per cent bullet injuries, amid the escalating agitation following anti-Citizenship law protests in the national capital.
Earlier in the day, the court had said it was “amazed” that the police had still not watched the video of BJP leader Kapil Mishra’s speech, that allegedly aggravated the situation. Stressing that the situation outside was “very unpleasant”, it said that “another 1984-like situation cannot be allowed to happen in this city under its watch”.
“We have to be alert,” said Justice S. Muralidhar and ordered safe passage for collection of a body of deceased, setting up of adequate number of helplines, shelter to people who have been displaced among other things. “We propose to appoint amicus curie to coordinate between victims and agencies to ensure that prompt action is taken,” the court added.
It also observed that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Deputy Manish Sisodia should also visit the affected areas for confidence-building among people.