NEW DELHI: The northeast part of Delhi, which has been burning from the past few days as a result of the communal clash, is now limping towards normalcy. Several people including the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leader Kapil Mishra gathered to hold a peace march at Jantar Mantar on Saturday.
Mishra, who has been accused of spreading hate through his provocative speech on social media a day before the riots began, was not only present there but appealed to people to come in huge numbers to join in the peace march. Along with a video that showed the horrific results of the violence, he wrote, "Do come at Jantar Mantar today at 10:30 in the morning."
आज सुबह 10:30 बजे— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishra_IND) February 29, 2020
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The march at the Jantar Mantar was organized by an NGO and Delhi Peace Forum against the violence that claimed the lives of over 40 people (including an Intelligence Bureau officer and a senior Delhi police constable) and injured more than 200. The riot was the result of the clash of pro and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) people.
Hundreds of people at the said location shouted the slogans of 'Jai Shri Ram' and 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' whilst carrying the national flag.
When Mishra arrived, his supporters started shouting 'dekho dekho kaun aaya, sher aaya, sher aaya', comparing him to a lion. The politician was seated below the stage, amongst the crowd. He neither delivered any speech nor went on to the stage. He even chose not to answer any of the media's questions.
People, whose houses and shops were burnt, also participated in the peace march. People also paid condolences to everyone who lost their lives and prayed for their souls.
Some placards by people raised questions like 'Why Ratan Lal was killed', 'Why temples were burnt' and 'why schools were set ablaze' while others warned that 'Terror in the name of anti-CAA protest will not be allowed'.
Some retired army officers were also present who said that CAA was not at all against the Indian citizens.