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Delhi HC to hear plea seeking SIT probe on violence in North-East Delhi

  • Petition seeks registration of FIRs against BJP leaders Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma for inciting violence through hate speech
  • The plea also seeks providing the detained people’s access to their family members and to legal aid

NEW DELHI : The Delhi High Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a writ petition seeking setting up of a special investigation team (SIT) to inquire into the incident of violence in North-East Delhi and compensation for those killed and injured in the violence. The matter was mentioned before a division bench comprising of Justices GS Sistani and Anup Jairam Bhambani who will hear the matter on Wednesday.

The petition filed by human rights activist Harsh Mander seeks registration of FIRs against BJP leaders Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma for inciting violence through hate speech. The plea also seeks providing the detained people’s access to their family members and to legal aid. It has further asked for preservation of evidence and CCTV footage of all cameras in and around the protest sites.

It has also sought directions to the Centre for deployment of the Army to maintain law and order in the national capital and areas where the "communal attack on people are most ferocious".

“For an order directing a retired judge to enquire into the communal attacks that took place as described in this petition and to identify the police persons involved in the rioting and criminal conduct and thereafter direct that these police officers be dismissed from service in accordance with law. For an order directing exemplary compensation to be paid to those who were killed or injured…," the plea said.

Fresh violence erupted in the national capital on Tuesday, hours after Union home minister Amit Shah called for an urgent meeting with Delhi lieutenant governor Anil Baijal and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to discuss the law and order situation in the city.

Nine people have died and over 100 injured in incidents of stone pelting and violent clashes in Delhi's North-East. The violence comes amid crucial talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump who is on a visit to India. Following the meeting Kejriwal said the Delhi government has been assured “of more troops" if required.

Over Sunday and Monday, parts of Delhi’s North-East district were witness to violent clashes. Things turned ugly following clashes between protesters and supporters of Citizenship (Amendment) Act, with shops set ablaze and property vandalised in Chandbagh, Bhajanpura and Gokulpuri on Monday.

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