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Will not spare anyone involved in Delhi riots, says Amit Shah

Will not spare anyone involved in Delhi riots, says Amit Shah

New Delhi: Vowing not to spare anyone involved in the Delhi violence irrespective of their religion, caste or party affiliation, Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said in Lok Sabha it will be a lesson for the country on what befalls those who indulge in rioting.

Replying to a discussion in the Lower House on the Delhi riots, Shah said the violence was "prima facie a pre-planned conspiracy".

Despite the Opposition's criticism over the alleged inaction of the Delhi Police during the violence last month, Shah appreciated the force for controlling the riots within 36 hours and said the steps taken by the police ensured that the violence was "limited to a geographical area" and did not spiral.

He said a total of 2,647 people have been detained or arrested in these riots.

About 700 FIRs were filed, 152 weapons used in violence seized so far and 49 cases lodged under Arms Act, he informed the House.

A case of conspiracy was filed after looking at how the riots spread in such a short span of time, Shah said, adding that more than 300 people apparently came from Uttar Pradesh.

Expressing grief over the loss of lives and conveying his condolences to the bereaved families, Shah said he wants to assure them that no one who was involved in the riots will be spared.

"We will spare no one irrespective of their religion, caste and political affiliation. Such action will be taken that it will be a lesson for the country on what befalls those who indulge in rioting," he said.

He assured the House that CCTV footage is being analysed using face identification software, and took a dig at the Opposition, saying that the software does not discriminate on the basis of religion or clothes. Shah said that the ministry had communicated to the Delhi High Court regarding the establishment of a Claims Commission for relief and rehabilitation of victims and informed the House that recoveries would be made from those responsible for the destruction of properties.

Replying to the debate in Lok Sabha, the Union Home minister said that Delhi Police managed to control riots within 36 hours. "These riots were taking place in a place which has a population of 20 lakh. They did a great job in controlling the riots from spreading any further," Shah told Lok Sabha.

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