A lot of questions have been raised on the investigation being carried out by Delhi police regarding the violence that took place in East Delhi, this February. The violence that started on 23rd February, very soon took the shape of a riot. Some of the prominent faces of BJP leaders came forward while giving hate speeches and inciting the public. But ever after being caught on tape, giving hate speeches did not lead to any FIR. Instead, Delhi police used this opportunity to arrest people who were a part of the Anti CAA protests.
While the people leading the Anti CAA protests kept getting arrested one by one, no such actions were taken against people who were publicly calling out for violence against the protesters. On 28th may, a Delhi court dealing with the cases related to northeast Delhi riots, made a remark that the investigation into the communal violence in north East Delhi seems to be targeted only towards one end and asked the police to ensure fair investigation. It was also observed that the police have failed to point out what investigation has been carried out so far regarding the involvement of the rival faction.
There are some BJP leaders who were seen or recorded giving hate speeches but are still not arrested. Kapil Mishra was recorded giving ultimatum that if the police does not remove the protesters, then they will do it themselves. What was more shocking about his speech, was that he was delivering it while standing beside a police officer.
Anurag Thakur was seen chanting “goli maaro saalon ko” (shoot the traitors) before Delhi assembly polls. this chant went viral and was used by the people who were against the protesters. The Delhi assembly polls saw a number of BJP leaders using election rally to deliver hate speeches. Days after his speech, where he prompted his supporters to shoot the protesters, a man named Kapil Baisala went near Jamia university and fired a shot at a student.
He was later granted bail and his lawyer argued in court that he has ‘deep roots’ in the society. His application read, “It is further submitted that the applicant has the responsibility of his wife and minor child. It is further submitted that no purpose will be served by keeping the accused in judicial custody.”
So, while a shooter gets to be free, a 4-month pregnant Safoora Zargar rots in jail.