‘Inflammatory’ slogans raised at Connaught Place march with BJP leader Kapil Mishra in attendance

Updated - March 01, 2020 12:44 am IST

Published - February 29, 2020 01:02 pm IST - New Delhi

Hundreds of people taking out a march against the recent violence in northeast Delhi at Connaught place in New Delhi on Saturday.

Hundreds of people taking out a march against the recent violence in northeast Delhi at Connaught place in New Delhi on Saturday.

Hundreds of people, including BJP leader Kapil Mishra , marched in Connaught Place in Delhi on Saturday, using the tagline ‘#DelhiAgainstJehadiViolence’, in which several people were found raising “inflammatory” slogans.

The march was taken out under the banner of “Delhi Peace Forum” in the backdrop of the communal violence that took place in parts of north-east Delhi, in which 42 people have died since Sunday.

Though Mr. Mishra did not make any statement, participants, many sporting saffron scarfs and some identifying themselves as RSS and VHP workers, demanded the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and that roads in the country be cleared of protesters. 

While a majority of protesters chanted “Jai Shree Ram” and “Bharat Mata ki Jai”, some in the march raised slogans such as “shoot the traitors” and “bring the traitors out”.

The protesters used #DelhiAgainstJehadiViolence on almost all placards. The same hashtag was used by Mr. Mishra in his tweets.

Mr. Mishra had led a gathering in support of the CAA at Maujpur Chowk in Jafarabad area in north-east Delhi on Sunday, after which violence erupted between pro and anti-CAA groups.

During his pro-CAA demonstration at Maujpur Chowk, Mr. Mishra issued an ultimatum to the police to vacate the roads blocked by anti-CAA protesters in Jafarabad and Bhahanpura areas in three days, warning that he would come back on to the streets if no action was taken.

On Saturday, the march started from Jantar Mantar after a meeting in which Mr. Mishra also took part. Asked about the aim of the march and its demands, Mr. Mishra refused to comment.

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