The central government and Delhi Police today asked high court for more time to file First Information Reports (FIRs) for hate speeches that allegedly incited violence in the national capital, triggering clashes over controversial citizenship law that killed at least 35 and injured over 200 this week.
On Wednesday, a furious high court had told Delhi Police that there should be no delay in registering FIRs over the hate speeches, urging the cops to “seriously consider consequences”. A two-judge bench had played videos of hate speeches by four BJP leaders – Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur, Abhay Verma and Parvesh Verma – in the court and asked why there shouldn’t be FIRs against them.
In strongly-worded comments, the court also said it would not allow “another 1984 scenario”, referring to the bloody anti-Sikh riots that killed over 3,000 in Delhi alone.
Unrelenting violence has consumed northeast Delhi since Sunday, as groups for and against the controversial citizenship law clash. Stone throwing, arson and vandalism have been reported as goons rampaged through the streets armed with iron rods, sticks and guns.