New Delhi: Six youths have been arrested after they broke out into chants of “Desh ke gaddaron ko, goli maaro saalon ko” (“shoot the traitors”) in the heart of Delhi inside the Rajiv Chowk metro station on Saturday morning. The infamous slogan has become a popular war-cry with those threatening violence against people protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Also Read - 'How Can Anurag Thakur Still Hold Office,' Hits Out Mamata Banerjee After His 'Goli Maaro' Remark
Notably, the provocative slogan has been raised at a time when the capital is trying to get back to normalcy after days of violence over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which has left at least 42 dead. Also Read - 'Situation Normal,' Says Jamia After Pro-CAA Group Raises 'Goli Maaro' Slogans Outside Varsity
The incident happened on Saturday morning when six men, dressed in saffron T-shirts and kurta started the sloganeering when the train was about to halt at the metro station. Also Read - Delhi Assembly Election 2020: Chief Electoral Officer Seeks Report on Anurag Thakur's Controversial ‘Goli Maaro’ Remark
While some commuters joined the CAA supporters in their sloganeering, others were quick to get their cameras out to make videos.
As the noise and commotion reached officials, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel, responsible for the security of the Delhi Metro, intercepted the protesters and handed them over to the Delhi Police.
“On February 29, six youths were seen shouting slogans at Rajiv Chowk metro station, Delhi. They were immediately intercepted by CISF personnel & thereafter handed over to Delhi Metro Rail Police officials for further action. Metro Rail operation remained,” the CISF said in a statement.
Here is the video of the incident, which is going viral on social media:
Anuj Dayal, Executive Director, Corporate Communications of DMRC, said, “In reference to a video clip going viral on social media, showing sloganeering by some passengers at Rajiv Chowk Metro station, it is to state that this incident happened today morning at the station and DMRC/CISF staff immediately handed them over to the Delhi Metro Rail Police for further necessary action.”
The communal slogan was first raised by Union Minister Anurag Thakur during a poll rally last month, during which he shouted, “desh ke gaddaron ko” to which the crowd responded “goli maro saalon ko” (shoot down the traitors).
As a result, Thakur was banned for the hate slogan by the Election Commission.