A video shared widely on Twitter on Saturday, 29 February captured a group of people raising slogans of “desh ke gaddaro ko, goli maaro sa**** ko” (shoot the traitors) inside New Delhi’s congested Rajiv Chowk Metro Station.
Anuj Dayal, PRO, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, told The Quint that the slogans were raised at 10:52 am the same day.
“Under Delhi Metro Operation & Maintenance Act 2002, any kind of demonstration or nuisance is prohibited in Delhi metro premises. Any passenger indulging in such act is liable to be removed from the Metro premises,” a statement issued by DMRC read.
DCP Metro Vikram Porwal told The Quint that the police has detained six people. “We have detained six boys. We are questioning them,” he said.
The controversial slogan has been raised several times by many BJP leaders in the wake of the anti-CAA protests. Among those BJP leaders is Union minister Anurag Thakur who in January had egged people attending a Delhi election rally to raise the incendiary slogan – triggering a row.
A man named Vaibhav Saxena had filmed the video while he was at the metro station.
Encountered this group of people chanting “Desh ke Gaddaro ko, Goli Maaro saalo ko” at Rajiv Chowk Metro station!!— Vaibhav Saxena (@damdumdhishh) February 29, 2020
The police and metro authority detained the miscreants and helped in keeping the premise safe. @thecaravanindia @IndianExpress @TheQuint @thewire_in @ndtv pic.twitter.com/hBYJsVUcyk
Same Slogans Raised at March Against ‘Jihadi Violence’
Several users took to Twitter to share videos of a huge rally taken through the heart of Delhi on Saturday, 29 February, with members carrying Indian flags, posters of Ambedkar and chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai, Jai Shri Ram’ etc.
Purportedly taken out by Delhi Peace Forum, several hundred people could be seen at the rally. A crew of police officers and uniformed law enforcement personnel can be seen walking ahead of the large crowd.
In Delhi's Connaught Place, men shouting "Desh Ke Gaddaron Ko, Goli Maaron Salo Ko." marching through our capital as @DelhiPolice stands and watches. Are the deaths of our citizens already not quite enough? What is this nonsense #DelhiRiots pic.twitter.com/ziTFZD79vW— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) February 29, 2020
MSM BLACKOUT!— Amy Mek (@AmyMek) February 29, 2020
India Marches Against Islamic Terrorists while FAKE NEWS attacks Hindus.
Jihadists stabbed one officer more than 400xs, pulled out his intestines & threw his naked body into a gutter
Girl was raped & disposed of in the gutter
Six bodies hacked & found in gutter pic.twitter.com/IATWT49cuz
India Marches Against Islamic Terrorism!— Amy Mek (@AmyMek) February 29, 2020
Peaceful Indians take to the streets to protest the violence unleashed by Jihadists in #DelhiRiots.
Anti-Hindu terrorists slaughtered a police officer, stabbed to death an intelligence officer & many others!#DelhiAgainstJehadiViolence pic.twitter.com/jtPpIXbuSx
BJP leader Kapil Mishra, who is facing flak for allegedly making provocative statements before communal riots broke out in northeast Delhi, and families of some of the victims of the violence participated, PTI reported.
Mishra reportedly did not join the sloganeering or address the gathering during the 'peace march' organised by NGO Delhi Peace Forum from Jantar Mantar to Parliament Street police station.
The organisers paid tributes to Head Constable Ratan Lal and IB staffer Ankit Sharma, who were killed during the violence that has claimed 42 lives till now. Suresh Kumar said his brother Dinesh Kumar Khatik was shot when he had gone to see whether shops were open on 25 February.
"He was shot near Shiv Vihar puliya where petrol bombs were also used. I found him at GTB Hospital where he was on ventilator support. The next day he succumbed to injuries. He is survived by two children, a one-year-old and a seven-year-old," he said.
While BJP leader Mishra did not address the gathering he had earlier posted a tweet asking the people to join the protest at Jantar Mantar.He also posted videos of the march and said: "No matter how much falsehood you spread, the people know the truth".
‘Violence Coming to Your Door’
Several social media users criticised the people who raised such slogans at the metro station with some claiming that ‘violence has come to your door,’ and others stating that the “hate slogan has been normalised.”
Goli maaro on Rajiv Chowk Metro station. Violence has come to your door. Congratulations. https://t.co/x7UIM9y9U2— PratsD (@pratsd) February 29, 2020
Hindutva Nazis shouting "Desh ke gaddaroN ko, goli maaro SaaloN ko" (shoot the traitors) at Rajiv Chowk Metro station,Delhi.— Md Asif Khan آصِف (@imMAK02) February 29, 2020
This society has gone to the dogs, beyond redemption. pic.twitter.com/jBKDgkeXtJ
"Goli Maaro" is spreading— Mohd Nausher (@MohdNausher) February 29, 2020
The hate slogan is so normalized that Sanghis were shouting it at Rajiv Chowk Metro station
Hate begets Hate
Violence begets Violence #DelhiBurning #DelhiViolence #DelhiPolice #ArrestKapilMishra #GenocideInDelhi #DelhiRiots pic.twitter.com/Esmci1ugLr
(With inputs from PTI)
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