NEW DELHI – Eyewitnesses, who were present at the spot, has made stunning revelations about the role of police officers in raking up anti-Muslim communal violence in collusion with BJP leader Kapil Mishra and his supporters.
Rubina Bano, a resident of Chand Bagh in northeast Delhi, filed a police complaint in relation to the Delhi violence on 18 March and wrote to police that just before the policemen began their attack, she heard Anuj Kumar, the assistant commissioner of the Gokulpuri police station, assure BJP leader Kapil Mishra over the phone, “Don’t worry, we will strew the streets with their dead bodies such that it will be remembered for generations,” she was quoted by The Caravanmagazine as saying.
In her complaint, Bano wrote about the events that transpired on the morning of 24 February at the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest site in Chand Bagh.
Bano was one among the local women residents of the Chand Bagh who led the sit-in protest against CAA.
In her complaint, Bano who is also a pregnant woman wrote that she reached the protest site at around 11 am that day to discover the area filled with policemen. Bano stated that the police were arguing with the protesting women, using abusive language, and warning them that they would be killed if they continued their protest.
“We are peacefully protesting here, so why are you addressing us in this manner?” Bano asked the ACP Anuj Kumar, according to her complaint.
Bano wrote to police in her complaint that the ACP Anuj Kumar responded with abuses and said, “Kapil Mishra and his associates will free you from your life.”
“In the meanwhile, Kapil Mishra called the SHO Tarkeshwar Singh, who then gave the phone to Anuj Kumar and said ‘Kapil Mishra is on the line.’ He took the phone and moved away from there to speak to him. He told Kapil Mishra, ‘Don’t worry, we will act as per your orders. Today we will not leave these people alive. We will not stop until we give them their freedom.’ This is what he said,” Bano recounted what she had witnessed and stated in her police complaint.
“The ACP Anuj Kumar told Kapil Mishra over the phone, ‘Don’t worry, we will strew the streets with their dead bodies such that it will be remembered for generations.’ I wrote that as soon as he cut the call, Anuj Kumar turned to Tarkeshwar and other police personnel and commanded, ‘Maaro saalo ko‘,” Bano wrote the same in the complaint.
“There were several other civilians standing with the police officers who had cloths tied around their necks and were armed with lathis, sticks, swords, stones, guns, and bombs,” She added in her complaint.
The Delhi Police did not register Bano’s complaint as an FIR.
Bano also told Caravan that she continues to face pressure from the police to withdraw her complaint and that she will not back down.
Watch Bano’s interview with The Caravan
The anti-Muslim violence in northeast Delhi in February has reportedly been sparked by incendiary comments made by Kapil Mishra, a BJP leader, 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.