Delhi riots 'directed structural violence': Asaduddin Owaisi

HYDERABAD: Calling targeted structural violence, head of AIMIM Asaduddin Owaisi On Sunday, he said the responsibility rests with the BJP government door and appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit the affected areas.

Addressing a public meeting on the 62nd day of the founding of AIMIM here, the parliamentarian of Hyderabad reiterated his accusation that the violence occurred due to the speeches delivered by the BJP leaders.

This communal mutiny happened with full planning and preparation. An atmosphere of hate was created. It cannot be called a communal mutiny, but it is a pogrom, he claimed.

We were hoping that you (prime minister) could have taken a lesson from 2002 (Gujarat riots) and make sure that such a thing is not repeated ..., said Owaisi.

Referring to the slogans raised by some young people at the Metro stations in Delhi, he said: ... who are these people who say 'goli maaro desh ke gaddaron ko' (shoot at traitors)? Prime Minister, this disturbance occurred with the planning. This is a structural objective violence and its responsibility rests with you.

The responsibility for the Delhi riots lies at the gates of the NDA government led by BJP at the Center, he said.

On his way to Modi to visit the disturbance zones in the national capital, Owaisi wondered if the Prime Minister would narrate our pain in the monthly radio program, Mann Ki Baat.

He said the prime minister did not mention the issue in his speech at Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, although he stopped at 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas'.

Owaisi lashed out at the Delhi police and accused them of not responding to calls from Muslims affected by the violence, which shook parts of northeastern Delhi last week and claimed at least 42 lives and left more than 200 injured.

Owaisi also said that elected representatives of AIMIM would donate a month's salary to the families of those killed in the violence in Delhi.

He said that AIMIM would urge the Prime Minister of Telangana, K Chandrasekhar Rao, not to allow the exercise of NPR in the state.