Delhi violence: Court seeks police response on pleas for FIRs against Kapil Mishra

A district court in Delhi has sought a status report from the Delhi Police on two pleas for registration of FIRs (first information reports) against BJP leader Kapil Mishra and his associates for their role in the anti-Muslim riots in northeast Delhi.

Karkardooma Court’s action came after three residents of riot-hit areas in northeast Delhi filed pleas to register FIRs against Mishra and his supporters over their role in inciting anti-Muslim violence.

The residents approached the court under Section 156 (3) of the code of criminal procedure (CrPC), which empowers the court to direct the police to file an FIR.

The court issued notice to the Delhi Police and directed them to file a status report.

The three petitions which were filed to the court were respectively filed on 12 March, 18 March, and on 4 June. The first petition is expected to heard on 20 July 20 while the second will be taken up on 13 August. No date has been fixed for the hearing in the third petition. According to the court, hearing in these cases was affected due to the pandemic controlled restrictions.

In the application to the court, Mohammad Jami Rizvi, a resident of northeast Delhi’s Yamuna Vihar and one among the abovesaid three petitioners claimed seeing BJP leader Kapil Mishra and his followers take part in the Islamophobic slogans along with casteist abuses in Kardampuri in northeast Delhi.

Rizvi mentioned the slogan in his petition and it reads as:

Kapil Mishra tum lathh bajao, hum tumhare saath hai ( Kapil Mishra, you beat them with sticks, we all are with you )

Lambe-lambe latth bajao, hum tumhare saath hai ( Beat them with long sticks, we all are with you)

Kheech-kheech ke latth bajao, hum tumhare saath hai ( Beat them with super-strength, we all are with you)

Mullo par tum lath bajao, hum tumhare saath hai ( Beat the Mullas [Muslims], we all are with you)

Chamaaro par tum latth bajao, hum tumhare saath hai ( Beat the Chamaars [Dalits], we all are with you)

Rizvi also wrote in his petition that following the speech and slogans, in the presence of the police, supporters of Mishra began stopping cars of Muslims and Dalits, and abusing the Muslims anti-nationals, mullahs, and using casteist terminologies against the Dalits. He also said they beat Muslims and Dalits up and destroyed their cars.

According to the petition, Kapil Mishra told his mob “Don’t leave these fuckers. Today we will teach them such a lesson that they will forget how to protest,” while brandishing his gun in the air.

Immediately after the riot, Rizi had filed the complaint to Delhi Police and the same complaint was stamped as received by the office of Delhi’s commissioner of police, the MHA, the PMO, and the LG’s office.No FIR had been registered against his complaint.

The anti-Muslim violence in northeast Delhi in February is widely acknowledged to have been sparked by incendiary comments made by Kapil Mishra, about Muslims peacefully protesting against ‘anti-Muslim and unconstitutional’ citizenship law. Video evidence and witness accounts pointed to police allowing Hindu mobs to roam the streets freely to target the Muslim community.