New Delhi: A complaint was filed against BJP leader Kapil Mishra on Monday for targeting Muslim community.
Mishra took to micro-blogging site twitter and mocked the community.
“If you want pollution to come down, then you should reduce these firecrackers and not the ones burst on Diwali,” Mishra tweeted tagging a photograph of a Muslim man with a skull cap and several children along with women in burqa.
Mahmood Ahmed, a resident of Joga Bai Extension filed the complaint at the Jamia Nagar Police Station requesting to register an FIR under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act and the Indian Penal Code. He alleged that Mishra’s tweet sought to “create enmity, hatred and communal violence”.
“This is to bring to your notice that Mr Kapil Mishra, a Bharatiya Janata Party leader from Delhi, has on 28 October 2019 made inflammatory comments targeting the Muslim community through his Twitter handle: @KapilMishra_IND,” the complaint read.
“This content is inflammatory, unacceptable and seeks to create enmity, hatred and communal violence. It is demeaning, degrading and obscene, will corrupt minds and seriously affect religious sentiments. It may lead to illogical and dangerous consequences,” it said.
Activist Saket Gokhale also lodged an FIR against Mishra for his tweet.
He wrote on his twitter handle: “I’ve filed an FIR against @KapilMishra_IND for this tweet containing communal hate-speech inciting violence against minorities. Let’s see to what extent Modi govt. goes in protecting a BJP leader. Failure of the police to prosecute him will force me to seek judicial recourse. “
Mishra’s tweet came as air pollution levels spiked across Delhi-NCR after Diwali. The tweet was later taken down by Twitter for violating its guidelines.
Former AAP MLA Kapil Mishra recently joined the BJP, after he was disqualified as member of the Delhi’s Legislative Assembly.