New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday replied to discussions on violence in northeast Delhi and said no one involved in the communal riot will be spared. Also Read - Delhi Violence: Congress Questions Centre in Lok Sabha, Says 'Humanity Was Defeated'
He also paid tribute to all those who lost their lives in riots in Delhi and extended his condolences to the grieving families. Also Read - Delhi Violence Was Brought Under Control Within 36 Hours: Meenakshi Lekhi in Lok Sabha
Saying that Delhi Police contained the violence within 36 hours, Shah said he did not visit the area as he didn’t want the police to divert resources towards his security arrangements. Also Read - After Witnessing Frequent Disruptions, Lok Sabha to Hold Discussion on Delhi Violence Today
“I did not go there myself as I didn’t want the police to divert resources towards my security arrangements,” he said, adding, “Delhi Police contained the violence within 36 hours.”
He also assured the House that Delhi Police will hold a thorough investigation into the violent incident that claimed over 53 lives in the national capital.
“We are ensuring that no action is taken against any innocent person. Over 49 cases of Arms Act have been registered and 153 arms have been recovered. Over 650 meeting of peace committee have taken place since February 25,” he added.
He also added that a total of 2,647 people have been detained or arrested for violence in the national capital.
Shah also said that after February 25, no incident of rioting took place. “There have been attempts to politicise these riots,” he said.
Saying that many questions were raised about what the Delhi Police was doing during the violence, Shah said police were on the ground then. “Delhi Police will also probe and submit a report in the coming days. I would like to praise the Delhi Police for not allowing the riots to spread to other areas,” he added further.
He added that since February 27 till today, around 700 FIRs have been registered. “We did not take the riots casually. Prima facie, I believe that the riots were pre-planned. I assured families of the riot victims that the culprits will not be spared no matter which religion, caste or political party they belong to,” he added further.
Shah highlighted that the spread of riots on such a big scale in such a short time is not possible without any conspiracy. “We have registered a case of conspiracy to probe this angle. Three people have been arrested for financing the violence in northeast Delhi,” he said.
“Around 60 social media accounts were created on February 22 and were closed down on February 26. Police will find those behind them. Social media was used to incite the hate,” he added.