New Delhi: BJP workers on Wednesday clashed with the police outside Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence during a protest against his remarks on the recently released movie ‘The Kashmir Files’, accusing him of mocking the strategic killing of Kashmiri Pandits.
Activists of BJYM led by its president Tejasvi Surya staged a protest at Kejriwal’s residence, demanding his apology for “insulting” Kashmiri Pandits. Visuals of the protest showed several people carrying BJP flags clashing with the police at the barricade placed outside the chief minister’s residence.
Surya, along with the workers of the BJP youth wing, was protesting against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s comments on ‘The Kashmir Files’ in Delhi Legislative Assembly last week.
Several senior Aam Aadmi Party leaders have accused the Delhi police of facilitating vandalism and violence by allowing BJP leaders and workers to reach the Chief Minister’s house.
लोकप्रिय मुख्यमंत्री @ArvindKejriwal जी के निवास पर भाजपाई गुंडे हमला कर देते है और दिल्ली पुलिस उन्हें रोकने की जगह उनके साथ खड़ी दिखती है। भाजपाइयों याद रखना सबका हिसाब लिया जाएगा, ये लोकतंत्र है यहां जनता वक़्त आने पर तुम्हे वोट की लाठी से पीटेगी। pic.twitter.com/5XweWC7KBF
— Sanjay Singh AAP (@SanjayAzadSln) March 30, 2022
Kejriwal had said that the film’s director Vivek Agnihotri should post the film on YouTube amid the demands of making the film tax-free in Delhi.
However, the protest march was stopped by the police after 50 meters with the usage of barricades.
The protest turned into a violent one when the protestors broke the barricading done by the police and marched forward. As a result, the police had to use water cannons on the protestors.
After the use of water cannons, the protestors sat on the road while Surya was detained.
The Kashmir Files is a fiction film based on the sufferings of the Kashmiri pandit community after the exodus from Kashmir in the early 1990s.
As per the Delhi police, nearly 40-50 BJP party workers have also been detained. If there would be any communication from the CM’s residence, then the police will take legal action in the matter.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia alleged that the activists attacked and damaged CCTV cameras as well as security barriers at Kejriwal’s residence. He claimed anti-social elements attacked and damaged CCTV cameras and security barriers at Kejriwal’s residence in Delhi. The boom barrier at the gate was also broken, he said. “The goons of BJP resorted to vandalism at CM Arvind Kejriwal. BJP’s police instead of stopping them, took them to the gate of the house,” Sisodia said in another tweet.
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) March 30, 2022
The police have mentioned that round 150-200 protestors of BJP Yuva Morcha reached the CM’s residence round 11:30 within the morning to protest towards his remarks on ‘The Kashmir Recordsdata’ within the Delhi meeting. The police declare that they “instantly” eliminated them from the spot and detained round 70 folks. Authorized motion is being initiated, they mentioned.
Shocking! What was @DelhiPolice doing when BJP workers and leaders were doing rampage at CM @ArvindKejriwal’s residence? Did they have orders from @AmitShahOffice to support the BJP vandals? https://t.co/Q23fU4ZKNz
— Atishi (@AtishiAAP) March 30, 2022
“At round 1 pm, a number of the protestors breached two barricades and reached outdoors CM Home the place they created ruckus, shouted slogans and so on. They had been carrying a small field of paint from which they threw paint outdoors the door. Within the imbroglio, a growth barrier arm can also be discovered vandalised as additionally a CCTV digicam,” a launch from the police mentioned.
Kejriwal had triggered a controversy after he said instead of demanding to make the movie The Kashmir Files tax free, they can upload it on YouTube. Accusing Kejriwal of laughing as he was talking about the movie and thereby insulting the suffering of the Kashmiri Pandits, BJP leaders including state chief ministers strongly criticised the Delhi chief minister.
BJP wants #TheKashmirFiles to be tax free.
Why not ask @vivekagnihotri to upload the whole movie on YouTube for FREE?
— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) March 24, 2022
Clarifying his stand, the Delhi chief minister said for him, Kashmiri Pandits are important, not the movie. “Isn’t it insensitive that BJP even after 8 years of being in power has to promote a movie, has to put up its posters? We were not laughing at Kashmiri Pandits, but at the BJP. Kashmir Files may be important for the BJP, but for me Kashmiri Pandits are important,” Kejriwal later said in an interview.