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Delhi riots international conspiracy, CIA & NIA should investigate: Minority panel member

National Commission of Minorities member Atif Rasheed refers to Bernie Sanders’ speech to claim international angle while insisting that BJP leader Kapil Mishra made no hate speech.   

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New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the United States’ CIA should jointly investigate the Delhi communal riots that killed 47 people, a member of the National Commission of Minorities, Atif Rasheed, has said, suggesting an international conspiracy. 

He was part of the NCM delegation that visited the riots-affected areas in Delhi and had met the injured in hospitals on 29 February.

“This is a well-organised crime but it will be wrong to call it communal riots. I think there is a possibility of international links and the timing is suspect,” Rasheed, who is also a BJP leader, told ThePrint.

He added that he will take up the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. 

Desh bhar mai pehle bhi Hindu-Muslim riots hue lekin international leaders ne iss tarah nahi comment kiya. Delhi riots ko US elections main use kiya jaa raha hai,” he said, referring to US Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders who had criticised President Donald Trump for leaving “anti-Muslim mob violence” in Delhi “up to India”. 

Sanders had called it the “failure of leadership on human rights”.     

Rasheed said he examined the video of BJP leader Kapil Mishra who is being blamed for inciting violence through his “hate speech” and did not find anything objectionable.

“Many have blamed his speech as the main reason for the violence. But I heard his speech several times and didn’t find a single line that can be called hate speech,” he said. “And as a member of the Minority Commission, I noted that no riot took place for 16 hours following his speech. It is only on the day that Trump landed in India that the violence began; it ended the day he left.”   

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‘A planned conspiracy’

Rasheed further said that the riots felt like a “planned conspiracy” as minutes after Mishra’s speech, social media began terming it as “hate speech”.

“How come many Twitter handles started tweeting his speech and calling it hate speech. Did they know something major going to happen?” he asked. “How did they come to the conclusion that his speech was linked to the violence? It should be a matter of investigation as to why so many handles were tweeting his video.”

He also alleged that ‘organised criminals’ were involved in the Delhi riots and that some anti-social elements also used the opportunity to ransack homes. 

Also read: When Delhi rioted, Sardar Patel busted fake news and wanted a Hindu newspaper banned


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