Delhi violence death toll rises to 37
Published : Thursday, 27 February, 2020 at 7:49 PM Count : 159
The death toll in Delhi’s worst riots in more than three decades climbed to 37.
Reacting to a delegation of Congress leaders meeting Indian President Kovind seeking normalcy in violence-hit Delhi, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar addressed the media and continued his stance alleging that Congress and AAP were “politicising the issue”, Indian Express reports.
Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court granted four weeks time to Centre to file response in the plea seeking registration of FIRs against BJP leaders for making provocative statements that led to riots in northeast Delhi.
A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar gave the Centre time to respond after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta contended that “it was not conducive to file FIR now over hate speech”. The matter has been adjourned for April 13.
Delhi Chief Minister Thursday said that any person found guilty of inciting violence in the national capital should be awarded stringent punishment, irrespective of the party he or she belongs to. Kejriwal also said that the punishment should be doubled if the accused is from his party.
Replying to a question on AAP councillor’s Tahir Hussain’s alleged involvement in the violence, he said, “Police is not under me or I would have. Be it people from AAP, BJP or Congress, those who fanned the communal fire, those who orchestrated riots, should all be punished even if it is someone from my cabinet.”
In the memorandum to the President, Congress said, "Delhi, specifically parts of North East Delhi, have been gripped by a wave of violence that has only grown in intensity with each passing day. Instead of taking active steps to remedy or diffuse the situation, the Central Government as also the newly elected Delhi Government, have remained mute spectators as completely mindless rage, designed violence and organised looting of property has continued unabated. This chaos, which is unprecedented in scale and tone, gives rise to several questions.
First, where was the Home Minister and what was he preoccupied with since last Sunday that he was unable, apparently, to give his attention to these grave events? For that matter, the Delhi Chief Minister, and the newly elected Delhi Government was also completely missing from the scene."