Delhi riots: Rumours of Kapil Mishra’s men setting anti-CAA protest site on fire led to violence, says witness

According to the chargesheet in Delhi riots case, a witness has claimed that rumours of Kapil Mishra’s men attacking a pandal at an anti-CAA site resulted in violence. A Delhi Police head constable had died during clashes in northeast Delhi in February.

File photo of Kapil Mishra

A chargesheet filed by the Delhi Police in the murder case of head constable Rattan Lal includes a statement of a witness who has claimed that rumours of BJP leader Kapil Sharma’s supporters setting a pandal at an anti-CAA protest site sparked violence. Rattan Lal was killed during days-long violence that swept Northeast Delhi earlier this year.

The witness claimed that some people were heard at the Chand Bagh protest site were heard saying that supporters of BJP leader Kapil Mishra had set fire to a pandal at an anti-CAA protest site, following which the crowd turned violent.

“At Chand Bagh, some people were heard saying that the supporters of Kapil Mishra had set fire a pandal, but we did not see anything like this happen,” police source said, quoting a witness.

Sources in the Delhi Police said the rumour was deliberately spread by some so that protesters could be enraged.

The chargesheet also says Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav gave a speech at the anti-CAA protest at Chand Bagh. Yadav’s name, however, is not in the list of accused in the chargesheet.

The Swaraj India chief had given a speech at Chand Bagh.

Delhi Police head constable Ratan Lal died during the clashes in northeast Delhi’s Gokalpuri of bullet injuries. In February, violent clashes broke out between anti and pro-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters in parts of north-east Delhi. The communal clash that lasted for three days took lives of over 50 people.

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