Northeast Delhi Riot: Court Seeks Police Response On Complaints Seeking Registration of FIR Against BJP's Kapil Mishra
Syed Ali Ahmed | India Tomorrow
NEW DELHI, JULY 12—The Karkardooma court has sought status report from police in connection with two complaints seeking registration of FIR against BJP leader Kapil Mishra and others for their alleged complicity in Northeast Delhi riots.
A total of 53 persons were killed, mostly Muslims, hundreds of others injured and several hundreds were displaced and properties worth hundreds of crores of rupees were destroyed in the riots.
The court sought the status report on complaints by two persons: Zakir Malik of Yamuna Vihar and Jami Rizvi and Nehru Vihar.
While the hearing on Malik’s complaint is scheduled on July 20, it will be held on August 13 in case of Rizvi.
Senior Advocate Mehmood Pracha representing the two complainants said the complainants were forced to move the court after Delhi police refused to file FIR against the accused persons named in their complaints.
Kapil Mishra, whose mother is a senior BJP leader and has been Mayor in East Delhi Municipal Corporation, told mediapersons that some forces, who wanted to divert the attention from truth, were trying to fabricate false complaints against him.
Rizvi, in his complaint, said that on February 23, around 2 pm, attempts were being made to disturb the peace and harmony of the area. To disturb the peace, a mob of 20-25 individuals purportedly raised provocative slogans and chants of ‘Kapil Mishra tum lath bajao, hum tumhare saath hain. Lambe lambe lath bajao hum tumhare saath hai. Mullon par lath bajao, hum tumhare saath hain’…”.
Rizvi alleged that shouting communal slogans, Mishra and a few of his henchmen armed with guns attacked the protesters at Kardampuri with stones. This, according to the complaint, was allegedly done in full view of the police personnel present there.
Responding to the allegations, the Delhi Police said that when the police went to record Rizvi’s statement, it was discovered that he had given a false address in the complaint. He was not even traceable on his phone. The inquiry has not revealed an iota of truth in his complaint. The allegations laid down are out rightly and vehemently denied. The police also denied the incident of Kardampuri Pulia on February 23 mentioned by Rizvi in his complaint.
In response to Malik’s complaint, the police said that on February 29 a beat constable visited the given address to record his statement but he was not available.
Reacting to the development, All India Muslim Majlis Mushawarat president, Navid Hamid said, “Seeking police response for registration of FIR against BJP leader Kapil Mishra by the court is a welcome step for the riot victims who have lost their near and dear ones. If FIR is registered against Mishra, the victims will take a sigh of relief”.
He said, “This was overdue. He was main instigator of the riot. Reason for not filing FIR against Kapil Mishra is nothing but political patronage of the Central govt. This suits them. I still doubt that any positive result will come out. This is a welcome step in the sense that court has admitted two complaints against the BJP leader and sought police response and asked the police to file status report”.