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BJP unleashing communal virus, inaction against hate: Sibal

BJP unleashing communal virus, inaction against hate: Sibal

New Delhi: Accusing the ruling BJP of unleashing a "communal virus" in India that wreaked havoc, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Thursday asked Union Home minister Amit Shah why registration of FIRs was delayed against perpetrators of hate speeches which he claimed amounted to "a license to kill".

Initiating a short-duration debate in Rajya Sabha on the recent law and order situation in some parts of Delhi, Sibal alleged that while the national Capital was burning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was silent on the matter for 70 hours and the police machinery was busy destroying evidence and supporting violence or rioters.

Pointing towards Shah, who was present in the Upper House, Sibal asked why FIRs were not registered against those who delivered hate speeches that "incited" communal violence in Delhi.

"You can do anything to protect cows, but not human beings? Do we need to bring another Article to ensure the protection of human beings," he said, referring to provisions of the Constitution on cow protection.

Mentioning the spread of Coronavirus, he said "we know the roots of the virus" and "we know" who were the "collaborators" of the riots. "The Home Minister must have seen footages of policemen destroying CCTV cameras," he said.

He said Delhi has a strong police force of 87,000 but unfortunately the riots could not be contained.

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