A peace march led by BJP leader and former MLA Kapil Mishra took place on Saturday at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. The march was called against the communal violence in Northeast Delhi, but some people raised slogans of ‘shoot the traitors’. During the Delhi elections, other BJP leaders had raised these slogans. So far 42 people have lost their lives in Delhi Violence.
Mishra did not join the sloganeering or address the gathering during the ‘peace march’ organised by NGO Delhi Peace Forum from Jantar Mantar to Parliament Street police station. Around 1200 people took the tricolor in their hands and started rally from Jantar Mantar which went to Connaught Place and Janpath. During this time people kept shouting slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. Some of the victims and families of those who lost their lives in the violence in northeast Delhi narrated their ordeal. The peace march with Mishra included people who put bandages on their foreheads and claimed that they were attacked in the riots of Delhi, Bhajanpura, Shiv Vihar, Karawal Nagar and New Mustafabad areas. The organizers paid tributes to Head Constable Ratan Lal and IB staffer Ankit Sharma, who were killed during the violence.
BJP leader Mishra did not address the gathering though he earlier posted a tweet asking the people to join the protest at Jantar Mantar. He also posted videos of the march and said, “No matter how much falsehood you spread, the people know the truth”. Facing allegations of making provocative speeches, Mishra has maintained that he did nothing wrong and had only demanded that the roads be cleared of anti-CAA protesters. The march started at around 11 am at Jantar Mantar, where chairs and sound systems were installed. Gradually, people came to join the march with the picture of the tricolor.