Relatives of deceased in Delhi violence demand immediate arrest of Kapil Mishra

“It is all because of Kapil Mishra. Protests have been going on peacefully. Did you hear about any kind of fights or violence? It was only after Kapil Mishra spread the venom that the fights happened,” Hazra Kathun (middle) told Maktoob. Photo: Ayisha Nourin/Maktoob

Ayisha Nourin

“We will keep all these dead bodies infront of Modi and Amit Shah. They will not be able to look away. Why is the police not arresting Kapil Mishra?” an elderly woman, shouted at the police officers in rage outside of GTB hospital.

Six days after anti-Muslim violence erupted in Northeastern parts of the National Capital, GTB hospital is witnessing a whole lot of emotions. About 40 dead bodies were kept in its mortuary, thirty eight of them now handed over to the relatives and a number of injured patients are still being treated in the hospital.

The relatives of the deceased are all in rage. They are in rage against the government.

“Everyone know who is responsible for this. Are they thinking of the public as fools? Even kids know the reality of who Modi and Shah is. Why is police standing like spectators? We realize that you are also working for them”, the woman shouted at the officers again.

Hasra Kathun, a middle aged woman has been waiting outside of the mortuary for 4 days to receive her nephew’s dead body.

“It is all because of Kapil Mishra. Protests have been going on peacefully. Did you hear about any kind of fights or violence? It was only after Kapil Mishra spread the venom that the fights happened,” Hazra Kathun told Maktoob.

Her nephew, Ashfaq (27) was shot dead on Monday in Mustafabad just ten days after his marriage.

“Modi and Shah destroyed the economy of the Nation and is not allowing us to live a decent life. Now they are killing our children. They are arresting innocent people like Tahir Hussain, because he is a muslim. But Kapil Mishra and Anurag Takur are still roaming free. So how can we expect any kind of justice from them?”, she added.

“Those who are trying to give us justice, these people are removing or transferring them from their positions. We all saw what happened with that judge and we are afraid to imagine what is going to happen”, said Sameer who came to get the body of his friend Babu.

Babu was a 30 year-old auto driver from Shri Ram colony. He was found bleeding in a fruit cart near Shri Ram colony on the Wednesday evening.

“When people are not afraid of the law, there will be anarchy. Police was supporting them to throw stones on us. They are not afraid of anyone anymore because the law is in their hands now. Kapil Mishra and Anurag Thakur, who are responsible for all this violence are roaming free. Now where do we go for justice and to whom do we complain to?” he asks.

On 23 February, the BJP leader and former MLA Kapil Sharma issued “an ultimatum” to the Delhi police, to oust the anti-CAA protesters from the Delhi’s roads. On the same day, Hindu right-wing extremists, chanting slogans such as “Jai Shri Ram”— arrived at the Muslim localities in northeast Delhi. The anti-Muslim violence erupted in these localities and escalated the next day.

On Monday, Hindu right-wing extremists continued to come together in various northeast Delhi neighborhoods, including Maujpur, Chand Bagh, Bhajanpura and Karawal Nagar. They pelted stones at Muslims. The Hindu mobs set cars and shops on fire and brutally beat up Muslim residents. The police personnel also supported and aided the armed Hindu mobs

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