New Delhi, Jan 29: The Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPI-M) on Wednesday lodged complaint to the Delhi police commissioner against Union Minister Anurag Thakur and West Delhi MP Parvesh Verma for 'inciting communal enmity, extending threats and making statements that prejudicial to national integration', and demanded to register an FIR.
"It is regrettable that the Delhi police, which has taken suo moto notice of other statements made by other persons to file sedition cases, has not taken any notice of the blatantly communal and hate speeches made by these two leaders and has not filed any cases against them", said CPI (M) Polit Bureau Member Brinda Karat and party Delhi state Secretary K.M Tewari in the complaint to Delhi police commissioner Amulya Patnaik.
Referring to the Election Commission's decision to remove Mr Thakur, who is the Minister of State for Finance, and Mr Verma, from BJP's star campaigners list for Delhi assembly election, the CPI(M) said that the poll body has taken note of the prima facie evidence against two BJP leaders. "Their statements over the past few days are inflammatory and illegal, constituting offences under Sections 153A/153B/504 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), as well as other applicable provisions such as under Section 295A/298/506 IPC", the complaint added.
The Left leaders said that Mr. Verma gave a speech on January 27, in which he openly threatened the protestors at Shaheen Bagh and claimed that if the BJP is elected in Delhi, Shaheen Bagh would be cleared within one hour. "This is clearly a threat, and Mr. Verma can only be referring to the use of force against what has been a peaceful gathering at Shaheen Bagh", it said. The leaders also said that Mr. Verma has given an interview to ANI on January 28, in which he has stated in reference to the protestors at Shaheen Bagh. "Mr. Verma seeks to characterise the protestors at Shaheen Bagh as potential dangerous invaders into the homes of peaceful Hindus. It is inciting religious hatred by calling them rapists and criminals.
It is also designed to cause fear among the majority population, particularly women and create communal division", the Left party complained. Referring to Mr Thakur, Ms Karat Mr Tewari said, the Minister, on January 27, while campaigning for a BJP candidate, Manish Choudhury in Rithala, was seen addressing a rally of BJP supporters and leading a chant of 'desh k gaddaro ko, goli maro salon ko'.
"In the video, Mr. Thakur is seen inciting the supporters of the BJP and members of the general public present at the said rally to attack those protesting against the CAA and NRC by referring to protestors as gaddar or traitors. Mr. Thakur is in fact seen in the video repeatedly calling upon the BJP supporters present to shout the said slogan so that the same is audible to other office bearers, and members of the BJP present on the stage of the said rally including the Union Minister, Mr. Giriraj Singh among others", the CPI(M) leaders stated. The CPI(M) requested the Delhi police commissioner to immediately register an FIR on their complaint against the BJP leaders. UNI