Amit Shah linked anti-CAA protests with Delhi communal violence: Sitaram Yechury
The CPM general secretary questioned how the BJP leaders – Anurag Thakur, Kapil Mishra and Parvesh Verma – who made provocative speeches are all scot-free.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary, Sitaram Yechury in an exclusive conversation with Asiaville questioned the methodology of the Delhi Police’s investigation into the February Delhi riots.
He claimed that Delhi Police is using the strategy employed in arresting the activists in the Bhima Koregaon violence case: the names of the individuals are put into the chargesheet or the disclosure statements, the police then seeks a magisterial order to question that particular individual and eventually charges are pressed against him or her.
Commenting on the arrest of activist and former Jawaharlal Nehru University scholar Umar Khalid, Yechury said, “Umar Khalid’s arrest is completely illegal and illegitimate.”
Khalid is accused in the Delhi riot cases and has been charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). He was arrested by Delhi Police on September 13 and has been sent on ten days of police custody.
“They (Delhi Police) have not been able to prove anything. The arrest has been made on the basis of the anti-CAA protests…I don’t see a connection between that protest and the Delhi riots. How are they going to establish it?” Yechury said.
The CPM leader questioned why no action has been taken against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders such as Union Minister Anurag Thakur, MP Parvesh Verma and Kapil Mishra for their hate speeches before the Delhi riots.
“Amit Shah, as the Union Home Minister, set the chronology in order in the Parliament when he was speaking on the Delhi riots…He linked up the anti-CAA protests with the Delhi communal violence,” Yechury said.
He further added, “The orchestration and fabrication (of the investigation) begins from there (Shah’s speech).”
The CPM general secretary claimed that there is a premeditated attempt to connect “the anti-CAA peaceful protests with the communal violence unleashed by the provocative speeches of their (BJP) leaders.”
Watch the full interview here: