The provocative slogan that caused a large-scale carnage in Delhi killing 42 people, mostly Muslims, was chanted at Home Minister Amit Shah’s rally in Kolkata on Sunday. Several videos of BJP supporters waving party flags while marching towards the venue of Shah’s rally and chanting Desh Ke Gaddaron Ko Goli Maaro Saalon Ko have surfaced on Twitter.
The rally was attended by Shah, who defended his government’s decision to enact the discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Law, which provides automatic citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants living in India.
Ironically, Shah had said a few days ago that such provocative slogans should not have been made by his senior party colleagues such as Union Minister Amit Shah and Kapil Mishra among others.
A few days back@AmitShah ~ “Statements like ‘goli maro’ and ‘Indo-Pak match’ should not have been made. Our party has distanced itself from such remarks,”
— Amartya Das (@Amartya_13) March 1, 2020
Curiously, the Kolkata Police refused to act against those chanting provocative slogans.
Both Mishra and Thakur along with Parvesh Varma are accused of inciting the Hindutva mob to on a killing spree during the recent anti-Muslim carnage in Delhi. The Delhi Police remained a mute spectator and defied calls to book these BJP leaders. The judge, who slammed the role of the Delhi Police was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court last week.
At least 42 people lost their lives in the pogrom with thousands being forced to flee from their homes for safety.