Pleas seek FIRs against Kapil Mishra, cops in Delhi riots

ET has seen a copy of the petition, which has yet to be taken up by the court due to the lockdown. The petition alleges that, instead of stopping the accused, “the police personnel present facilitated the accused and lathi charged the innocent peo...

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Several individuals are likely to file petitions seeking registration of FIRs against the accused and the Delhi Police for shielding them, he added.
New Delhi: Aggrieved by the alleged inaction of Delhi Police on their complaints, a few individuals in the national capital have moved Courts seeking registration of cases against provocateurs, rioters and police personnel for their alleged complicity in the riots that took place in northeast Delhi in February.

The petitions -- private complaints filed with local magistrates under Section 156 (3) of the Criminal Procedure Code – also accuse Delhi Police of shielding the rioters.

Jami Rizvi, one such complainant, has sought registration of First Information Report against BJP leader Kapil Mishra for allegedly using intemperate language to “incite hatred and enmity against minorities and members of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes”.


Rizvi, who claims to be a witness to the riots, has alleged that on February 23, a mob of 20 to 25 individuals raised provocative slogans and chants, where “abuses were hurled at women. Accused armed with gun, swords, tridents, spears, glass bottles, stones, sticks etc, which they were openly firing, created an environment of fear and terror among the minorities and Dalit community”.

ET has seen a copy of the petition, which has yet to be taken up by the Court due to the lockdown.

The petition alleges that, instead of stopping the accused, “the police personnel present facilitated the accused and lathi charged the innocent people asking for help”.
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It further alleges that Mishra and a few of his henchmen, armed with guns, swords and bottles, started shouting communal, casteist chants and slogans.

“In the presence of police, cars belonging to Muslims and Dalits were identified and Muslims were called anti-nationals, whereas casteist slurs were hurled at Dalits, they were assaulted and their vehicles were vandalised. Kapil Mishra incited the crowd by airing his gun in the open and shouting to his henchmen to teach them such a lesson that they forget how to protest,” the petition reads.

When contacted, Mishra denied the accusations.

“Some forces who want to divert attention from the truth are trying to fabricate false complaints against Delhi Police and me,” he told ET.
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“Truth of Delhi riots is out; how long they planned, their funding and why they especially chose the days of (US President) Donald Trump’s visit... I am the only one who actually went out and assisted riot victims… you will hear the reality from people itself."

He added, “What I said, is in the video and everyone has seen that. All legal experts have said that there is nothing wrong in what I said that day.”
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The petition also accuses the Delhi Police of complicity, and alleges that a senior cop went around the locality openly threatening that “we have instruction from above that after two days, no protest should happen in the area, and if you don’t call off this protest, then such riots will occur that neither you nor the protests will survive, all of you will be killed.”

Advocate Mehmood Pracha, counsel for one of the petitioners, told ET that two petitions have already been filed but the Courts are taking up only urgent matters on account of lockdown. Several individuals are likely to file petitions seeking registration of FIRs against the accused and the Delhi Police for shielding them, he added.

Another petition, filed by one Salim, also accuses the Delhi Police of protecting the accused. Salim has been booked by the Delhi Police on charges of rioting, unlawful assembly and other offences. Pracha, however, claimed that Salim was charged only after he had petitioned the Court.

A senior government official, who refused to go on record, said “such complaints are an attempt to pre-empt the action against them by the so-called witnesses.”

Another lawyer told ET on the condition of anonymity that “notwithstanding the fear of false implication by the cops, these witnesses will move the Court seeking action against the Police and rioters.”
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