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Kapil Mishra has not been named as a 'whistle-blower' in Delhi riots case clarifies Delhi Police

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The police also dismissed the claims made in the report that riots had started when Kapil Mishra was present at Maujpur.

On September 23, Hindi News channel NDTV aired a report in which the anchor stated that BJP leader Kapil Mishra has been termed as a whistleblower in the Delhi Riot case' charge sheet. It was further alleged that the Delhi Police is ignoring the ‘role of Kapil Mishra’ despite his ‘hate speeches’ and is downplaying the ‘provocative speech’ of Mishra. 

The NDTV anchor also alleged that police have said that the accused in the riots have made false allegations against Mishra and that he was equally responsible for the Delhi riots as the other accused, quoting his speech where he had asked the Delhi Police to clear the roads blocked by anti-CAA protestors.

However, in response to the NDTV report, the Delhi Police has denied the allegations made news channel, saying it is far from the truth. In an official statement issued by the official Twitter handle, the Delhi police clarified that they have neither referred to Kapil Mishra as a whistle-blower nor have written it. 

“Perhaps the narrative of the anchor would have been complete if the Delhi Police had not taken the full statement of Kapil Mishra. But the probe does not happen in the studio in front of the camera. Hurt by the detailed statement of Kapil Mishra given on record, the anchor has tried to mislead the audience by ignoring the true whistle-blowers (who are protected witnesses)”, reads the statement issued by the Delhi Police. 

The police also dismissed the claims made in the report that riots had started when Kapil Mishra was present at Maujpur. It was clarified that investigation has revealed that the riots and stone-pelting had started at around 11 AM on 23rd February as part of a well-planned conspiracy. The first injured in the riots was admitted at the hospital at 12:15 PM, while Kapil Mishra had reached Maujpur at 3.30 PM on that day. This shows that anti-CAA protestors had started attacking the public and police on the morning of 23rd February itself before Kapil Mishra reached Maujpur.

‘The anchor has maliciously tried to weave a fiction by hiding these facts. But NDTV’s own report that the DCP was wearing anti-riot gear and stone pelting was going on, knowingly or unknowingly supports the version mentioned in the charge sheet that stone-pelting had started around 11 AM itself’, the statement by Delhi Police further added.

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