Fact-Finding Report: Congress Demands Judicial Probe into Delhi Riots

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Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil accompanied by All India Mahila Congress President Sushmita Dev, addresses a press conference on Delhi riots, at the party’s headquarters in New Delhi on March 9, 2020. — IANS

Congress fact-finding team says the riots were part of a conspiracy; demands resignation of Home Minister Amit Shah, FIR against Kapil Mishra, Pravesh Verma and Anurag Thakur and their immediate arrest

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NEW DELHI — The Congress fact-finding team for Delhi riots submitted to party interim chief Sonia Gandhi here on Monday has demanded judicial probe into it to reveal the conspiracy angle.

Riots erupted on February 23 caused deaths to 54 people and more than 200 were injured besides damages caused to the properties, most belonging to Muslims, in North-east Delhi localities.

Demanding Home Minister Amit Shah’s resignation, the report has suggested filing of FIR against Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Kapil Mishra, Pravesh Verma and Anurag Thakur and their immediate arrest.

Mukul Wasnik who was part of the five-member Congress fact-finding team formed by its president Sonia Gandhi over Delhi violence, said, “We demand that an FIR be registered against Union Minister Anurag Thakur, BJP leaders Kapil Mishra and Parvesh Verma (for their speeches during Delhi polls). We also demand independent judicial inquiry in the supervision of a sitting judge of the High Court or Supreme Court.”

“The riots were part of a conspiracy and only an enquiry by a sitting high court or Supreme Court judge could reveal the truth,” said senior Congress leader.

Expressing condolences to the bereaved families of people and officials who lost their lives in Delhi violence, Wasnik said: “While 690 FIRs have been registered for the riots on one side, till today, no FIR has been registered against Anurag Thakur, Kapil Mishra, Parvesh Verma. What does that mean? Does Government want peace and harmony in Delhi or not?”

Stating that outsiders were involved in the riots, he said the police failed to act despite cops becoming victims of the violence. Arvind Kejriwal-led state government too failed to act. With the civil administration coming under its purview, it could have prevented the violence, he added.

(With inputs from IANS)

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