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BJP youth leader admits burning Rohingya camp in Delhi, complaint filed

NEW DELHI: A BJP youth wing leader Manish Chandela openly admitted on social media of burning down a Rohingya refugee camp in Delhi.



All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM) on Thursday wrote to Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik seeking appropriate action against him.

“This is to bring it to your notice that Manish Chandela, who is a member of the BJP’s youth wing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), has openly claimed on his Twitter handle ‘@Chandela_BJYM’ that ‘Yes, we burnt the houses of Rohingya terrorists’,” the AIMMM, an umbrella body of various Muslim organisations, said in the letter.

The AIMMM also attached the screenshots of Chandela’s tweets wherein he claimed to have set the Rohingya refugee camp in Kalindi Kunj area ablaze. Chandela had tweeted at 2.16 a.m on April 15.

Again, on April 16 at 5.42 p.m, Chandela posted on his Twitter handle: “Yes, we did it and we do again #ROHINGYA QUIT INDIA.” His Twitter account is no longer active.

A fire had broken out at the refugee camp near Kalindi Kunj in south Delhi on the intervening night of April 14 and 15 that quickly engulfed the whole camp in which more than 200 residents of the camp lost all their belongings, including identity cards and special visas issued by the United Nations.

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“The open claim on social media by the culprit is a challenge to the Delhi Police and all other law enforcement agencies. The tweet was posted immediately after the fire in the refugee camp… We demand immediate arrest of Manish Chandela under appropriate sections of the IPC,” the Mushawarat said in the letter signed by its president Navaid Hamid.

The Rohingyas are mostly Muslim ethnic in Myanmar, who are fleeing the northwestern province of Rakhine where they are facing persecution.

Public interest lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan also filed a complaint.

“No action by Delhi Police to register a case and arrest him and no action by BJP to remove him from the party,” Bhushan tweeted. He posted a copy of the criminal complaint filed on his Twitter account and also attached screenshots of Chandela tweets.

IANS inputs

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