BJP Youth Wing ‘Member’ Claims Burning of Rohingya Refugee Camp in Delhi; Muslim Leader Demands Probe

Rohingya Muslims colleting usable remains from the debris of their camp in New Delhi on 15 April 2018.

Caravan News

NEW DELHI: An alleged member of BJP’s youth wing has gone on Twitter claiming that he burnt the camp of Rohingya refugees on the Delhi-Noida border in the wee hours of Sunday (15 April). Around 200 people, most of them women and children were thrown under the open sky after the destruction of the camp and their belongings in the fire.

Navaid Hamid, President, All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat has forwarded the tweet of Manish Chandela to the Delhi Police and Prime Minister’s Office seeking probe and action. Hamid has identified Chandela as a member of BJYM (Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha), the youth wing of the ruling BJP.

The camp was gutted in the fire around 3 AM on Sunday in Kalindi Kunj area in South Delhi. At 1:16 PM the same day, Chandela, who uses twitter handle @CHANDELA_BJYM, tweeted: “Yes, we burnt the houses of Rohingya terrorists”.

Seeking action from the Delhi Police, Hamid tweeted: Hindutva foot soldier #ManishChandela who is member of @BJP4India youthwing #BJYM openly claims that he has burnt #Rohingya #RefugeeCamp on early 15April 2018 morning in Delhi. Any action @DelhiPolice & PM @narendramodi ji?”

Senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan, in his complaint to the Delhi Police against academic Madhu Kishwar for her 14th April tweet linking the Kathua rape-murder with Rohingyas, had voiced suspicion that the burning of a Rohingya camp in Delhi on 15th April could be the result of Kishwar’s provocative tweet.

This is what Kishwar had tweeted: “Very likely that family accused of rape have been scapegoated. Murder of #Asifa suspected to be handiwork of jehadi #Rohingyas settled by PDP in Jammu region. Since Jammu people angry at settling criminal Rohingya in Hindu areas, Mehbooba used this murder as counterblast strategy.”

In his complaint with the Tilak Nagar Police Station in Delhi, Advocate Bhushan alleged that Kishwar had been using her twitter handle to spread hatred and misinformation, and the tweet of April 14 was cited as such an instance. It was said that the information in the tweet was false, and was intended to incite violence against Rohingya community. The complaint further alleged that by using the term ‘jihadi’ for Rohingyas, she incited hatred against a helpless minority.

Meanwhile, it is reported that Chandela has deleted his ‘Rohingya camp burning’ tweet on the advice of one who uses twitter handle @BeholdShiv.


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