A day before the riots began in north-east Delhi last year, he had no remorse and needed a speech against anti-CAA protesters, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kapil Mishra on Monday said. So they do it again. Mishra, a former Delhi MLA, said, “Whenever the roads are blocked and people are forced to go to work or children go to school, Kapil Mishra is always there to prevent it.”
When the book ‘Delhi Royals 2020: The Untold Story’ was released, he said, “Whatever I do, I’ll do it again.” I have no regrets, except that I have not been able to save the lives of Dinesh Khatik, Ankit Sharma (riot victims) and many others. “The paradigm shift from demonstration to riot is very clear,” he said, referring to the violence in the demonstration against agricultural laws on the Republic Day.
In fact, in his controversial speech on February 23 last year, Kapil Mishra threatened to remove protesters against the amended Citizenship Act (CAA) on the road to Jafrabad. One section believes that communal violence broke out soon after this speech, and clashes between CAA supporters and opponents. At least 53 people were killed and hundreds injured in the riots.
Kapil Mishra, ‘What is the other way to give ultimatum in a democracy? I did this before a police officer. Do people who start riots give an ultimatum to the police? “Police have denied Mishra’s speech in instigating the riots, but a report by the Delhi Minority Commission in July last year said that the violence started after Mishra’s speech.
Responding to Kapil Mishra’s statement, CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat accused him of ‘repeated crimes’ and should be in jail. “The Delhi police, directly under the control of the home ministry, have exempted Kapil Mishra, trying to do everything to save him,” Karat said.
Commenting on the book written by lawyer Monica Arora and Delhi University teachers Sonali Chitalkar and Priyarna Malhotra, Mishra said it was a “ray of hope” against her “dangerous propaganda” under which Arora, Malhotra and television journalist Ashok Srivastava were also present. .
Bloomsbury’s refusal to print the book in August last year, ‘Delhi Reuters 2020: The Untold Story’ came to prominence, as Mishra was criticized for being a guest in the online release of the book’s pre-publication. The book was later published by Garuda Prakashan Private Limited.