Protesters, petition in HC demand action against Kapil Mishra
Protesters in north-east Delhi demanded action against BJP leader Kapil Mishra for inciting violence even as a petition was filed in the Delhi High Court on Tuesday demanding registration of FIR against the former MLA. On Sunday, addressing a gathering near Jafrabad, Mishra had issued an ultimatum to the police to clear the main Jafrabad Road of anti-CAA protesters or “else not hold them responsible for the consequences”.
Social activist Harsh Mander and Farah Naqvi filed the plea in the HC seeking registration of FIR against seeking registration of FIR against BJP leader Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma and all others who were involved in inciting the mob and rioting.
The plea was urgently mentioned before a bench of justice GS Sistani and justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani, which agreed to list the plea for hearing on Wednesday.
Deputy commissioner of police MS Randhawa said they are investigating the incident. “So far our top priority has been getting situation under control. We will investigate all the incidents and take appropriate action against the conspirators.”
A local resident of Jafrabad, who refused to identify himself, said when Mishra gave the speech, the area DCP was standing beside him. “Since Sunday, the police have not been able to arrest him. The area is burning for the past three days but the police have not taken any action against him.”
Mishra, however, on Tuesday tweeted that he has been getting threats. “I am getting death threats. My fault is that I looked into the eyes of the terror and spoke the truth. Now, those who sympathise with the terrorists are hating me.”
In another tweet Mishra said, “To support the CAA is no sin. To speak the truth is no sin. I don’t fear this massive hate campaign against me.”
When contacted, Mishra refused to comment on the petition in the HC.
On Tuesday, BJP East Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir said action should be taken against any party member, “whether Kapil Mishra or anyone else”, who gave provocative speeches. On Monday, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari also conveyed to Mishra that he should refrain from making provocative statements.
On Tuesday, Tiwari, who attended the all party meeting chaired by Union home minister Amit Shah, said, “I have appealed to all BJP leaders to do everything possible to establish peace in Delhi. No leader should do such a thing that causes confusion and gives a wrong message among the people. Everyone should refrain from making inflammatory statements. Intentionally, some people are trying to mislead the common people of Delhi. Efforts have been made for several days to end peace, goodwill, and brotherhood, in which the people are being instigated and provoked.”