India’s opposition leader hits out at Centre over Delhi riots chargesheet

A protester brandishes a pistol during clashes between anti-CAA protestors and supporters of the new citizenship act at Jafrabad in northeast Delhi on Monday. In a video, the 33-year-old man, identified as Shahrukh, is seen running at an unarmed Delhi police officer in Jaffrabad brandishing a gun. He approaches the cop and then forces him to back away with his hands raised before firing eight rounds in the air. (Photo: PTI). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

NEW DELHI, Sep 13, 2020, India Today. After being named as one of the co-conspirators in the Delhi riots case, CPI (M) general-secretary Sitaram Yechury on Saturday attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled Centre saying that the “illegal actions are a direct outcome of the politics,” India Today reported.

Mentioning that the “Delhi Police is under the Centre and the home ministry”, Sitaram Yechury tweeted: “Its illegitimate, illegal actions are a direct outcome of the politics of BJP’s top leadership. They are scared of legitimate peaceful protests by mainstream political parties and are misusing state power to target the Opposition.”

“This [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi government is not only afraid of questions in Parliament, but also afraid to hold press conferences and to answer the RTI — be it about Modi’s personal fund or to show his degree. All the unconstitutional policies and unconstitutional steps of this government will continue to be opposed,” Sitaram Yechury said in another tweet.

Further launching a scathing attack on PM Modi and the BJP, he said: “56 people died in the Delhi violence. There is a video of poisonous speeches. Why are they not being processed? Because the government has ordered that the Opposition be wrapped up, either way. This is the real face, character, tricks and thinking of PM Modi and the BJP.”

On Saturday, the Delhi Police has mentioned Sitaram Yechury, Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav, economist Jayati Ghosh, DU professor and activist Apoorvanand, and documentary filmmaker Rahul Roy in supplementary chargesheet as co-conspirators in Delhi riots case.

Some of those named have also been charged with — based on the statements of three students already arrested in the case — asking the protesters to go to “any extreme”, spreading “discontent” in the community by calling CAA/NRC anti-Muslim, and organising demonstrations to “malign the image of Government of India”.

These eminent personalities have been named based on the statements of the three students — women’s collective Pinjra Tod members and JNU students Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal, and Gulfisha Fathima of Jamia Milia Islamia — in the Jafrabad violence, from where the riots spread to other parts of north-east Delhi.

Communal clashes had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after violence between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralled out of control leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

(With inputs from PTI)

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