New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday said it was “amazed” that the Delhi Police Commissioner had not watched the clips of the provocative remarks that have allegedly triggered violence in the national capital. Expressing utter displeasure, the court reprimanded the police and directed it to watch the videotapes and take a conscious decision. Also Read - Delhi Cop Carries 82-Year-Old Woman in His Arms to Vaccination Centre, Says 'Anyone in Distress is Family'
Here are the four leaders whose controversial speeches caused hue and cry in the courtroom earlier in the day: Also Read - Row Over Posters Critical of PM Modi: We Put Up Those, Arrest Our MLAs, Says AAP
1. BJP leader Kapil Mishra
The man whose speech is suspected to have triggered the ongoing violence in northeast Delhi, Bharatiya Janata Party firebrand leader Kapil Mishra recently addressed a rally at Maujpur Chowk in Northeast Delhi and gave an ultimatum to the Delhi Police to clear the roads in Jaffrabad and Chand Bagh where protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act was ongoing.
“Trump ke jaane tak toh hum shaanti se jaa rahe hain. Lekin uske baad hum aapki bhi nahi sunenge agar raaste khaali nahi huye toh. Trump ke jaane tak aap Jaffrabad aur Chand Bagh khaali karwa dijiye, aisi aapse vinti kar rahe hain, uske baad hamein road par aana padega (We will not do anything till Donald Trump leaves. But after Donald Trump leaves India, we would not even listen to you if the roads are not vacated. Get the Jaffrabad and Chand Bagh roads cleared, we are requesting you, after that, we will have to hit the streets),” Mishra said, as captured in a now-deleted video.
Ahead of Delhi polls, he had also raised the infamous ‘ goli maaro ….‘ (shoot the traitors) slogan at a CAA rally and was banned by the Election Commission subsequently.
2. BJP Minister Anurag Thakur
It all started with the inflammatory remark of Union Minister Anurag Thakur last month as he chanted ‘Desh ke gaddaron ko’, with the crowd responding with ‘goli maro s****n ko” at several pro-CAA rallies ahead of the Delhi Assembly elections. The slogan, which literally translates to ‘shoot the traitors,’ was popular among right-wing groups, who used it against anti-Citizenship law protesters, as well as students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), often described as ‘anti-nationals.’
3. BJP MP Parvesh Verma
Verma had made a distasteful comment in a provocative speech last month where he called protesters at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh ‘rapists and murderers’.
“Lakhs of people gather there (Shaheen Bagh). People of Delhi will have to think and take a decision. They will enter your houses, rape your sisters and daughters, and kill them. There’s time today, Modiji (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) and Amit Shah will not come to save you tomorrow. It will be a whole lot better if the people of Delhi wake up today,” Verma was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. He was banned by the EC subsequently.
However, just in a week’s time, the BJP MP made another statement against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, calling him a ‘terrorist’.
4. BJP MLA Abhay Verma
The newly-elected MLA of the BJP, Abhay Verma had allegedly led a procession in Laxmi Nagar of East Delhi in which a group of men could be heard chanting the contentious ‘Goli Maaro’ slogans. “Police ke hathyaaron ko, goli maaro s***** ko (Shoot those who killed policemen),” they were heard saying.
However, Verma had later clarified saying he was only visiting the area to get shops reopened.
The widespread violence in Delhi has caused deaths of at least 27 people, while over 250 others have been injured. Earlier today, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, following NSA Ajit Doval, reached violence-hit areas of Northeast Delhi and interacted with the local residents to take stock of the situation.