New Delhi: Questioning Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s silence for three days during riots in Delhi, Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Thursday said Congress will not allow anyone to break the country. During a discussion on Delhi riots in the Rajya Sabha, he advised Shah to respect the Iron Man’s seat he is occupying.
The Congress leader said, “You are an Iron Man (a reference to Vallabhbhai Patel). You are sitting in Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s seat. Respect Sardar Patel. He had never thought innocent people would be killed.”
The Congress leader also said that the surgical strike at Balakot was the right thing the government did. “But, why carry out a surgical strike on your own people?”
“Spare people of this country... And tell those who came from Uttar Pradesh wearing masks not to carry out surgical strike on our own people,” the Congress leader said.
“Two kinds of viruses have created havoc. At the international level, it is a coronavirus, about which research is still going on. The second virus is in Delhi... the communal virus, which is spreading with high intensity.
“We all know the source of the virus — where this virus was spreading and who all were supporting it and who were the collaborators of this communal virus,” Sibal said.
The Congress leader gave a few instances where rioters were caught on CCTV cameras and police inaction was visible.
There is also footage where policemen are breaking CCTV cameras. “Why are they damaging it? Everyone knows. They are doing so that the people who are rioting and carrying out arson are not identified,” he said.
“There is also footage wherein cops are hitting an injured youth and telling him to sing the national anthem. Thereafter he dies. We all have seen it,” Sibal said.
He also questioned why police did not act on February 24 when prohibitory orders under Section 144 were enforced.
“When the police were asked about inflammatory speeches before a court, the police’s reply was they were not aware of it. They said they had not seen it,” he said.
The Congress leader said the entire world was aware of what was happening in Delhi, but the police Commissioner was not. Sibal questioned whether Home Minister Amit Shah was aware of it. “He should tell us,” Sibal said. (IANS)