New Delhi: Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Thursday accused the Delhi Police of helping those who indulged in violence in northeast Delhi, also remarking that the violence was a result of ‘communal virus’ spread by those who gave hate speeches. Also Read - Delhi Violence: How Facial Recognition Helped Identify 1,100 Miscreants | Explained
The development came on a day the issue of Delhi violence was taken up in the Rajya Sabha, a day after it was discussed in the Lok Sabha. Also Read - After Lok Sabha, Now Rajya Sabha to Hold Discussion on Delhi Violence Today
Speaking on the same, Sibal said that it was clear that the police ‘helped’ those who indulged in violence. “This resulted in the death of innocent people, who had nothing to do with the riots,” he said. Also Read - Delhi Violence: 'Calling it Communal Violence a Joke, It Was a Pogrom,' Says Asaduddin Owaisi in Lok Sabha
The former Union Minister further said that the violence was the result of the virus-the ‘communal virus’ spread by those who were giving hate speeches. Questioning Union Home Minister Amit Shah, to whom the Delhi Police reports, Sibal said, “I ask the Home Minister why FIRs were not registered against those who delivered those speeches.”
He also raised the incident of a group of men, who were made to sing the national anthem by the police, saying that everyone, except Delhi Police, knew what was happening. One of the men had later succumbed to his injuries.
“You can do everything to protect the cows, can’t you do anything to protect human beings?” Sibal questioned the government.
The communal violence in northeast Delhi, which coincided with the first-ever state visit to India by US President Donald Trump late February, was the national capital’s worst in more than three decades. A death toll of 53 has been recorded thus far.