The Delhi Police have detained six people for raising the controversial slogan “desh ke gaddaron ko, goli maro sa***n ko” at the Rajiv Chowk metro station today.
The Delhi Police said “six boys” were found shouting the slogans at Rajiv Chowk metro station. “We have detained them at Rajiv Chowk metro police station and interrogation is being carried out.”
The “shoot the traitors” slogans were also raised inside a train on the Delhi Metro’s Blue line.
The controversial “goli maro” slogan was popularised by Union minister Anurag Thakur in the run-up to the Delhi assembly election when he led a crowd to repeat the slogan after him. Since then, the slogan has been raised at many places to protest against anti-CAA protesters. The Delhi High Court is also hearing a plea seeking registering of FIR against Anurag Thakur for delivering hate speech when he led the crowd to chant the “goli maro” slogan.
“The five-six men, wearing saffron T-shirts and kurta, started the sloganeering when the train was about to halt at the metro station,” news agency PTI said quoting one of its reporters who was at the spot.
After deboarding the train, they continued chanting pro-CAA and provocative slogans like “shoot the traitors” and one more literally meaning that the “youth of the country is out to support and defend CAA”.
While some commuters joined the group in their sloganeering, others were quick to get their cameras out to make videos. Many at the station were seemingly taken aback by the spontaneity and the unusual choice of the venue.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel, responsible for the security of the Delhi Metro, intercepted the protesters and handed them over to the Delhi Police.
“On February 29, at about 10:25 hours, six youths were seen shouting slogans at Rajiv Chowk metro station, Delhi. They were immediately intercepted by CISF personnel and thereafter handed over to Delhi Metro Rail Police officials for further action. Metro Rail operation remained,” the CISF said in a statement.
A senior CISF official said the youths were raising pro-CAA slogans.
DCP (Metro) Vikram Porwal said, “We have detained six men and they are being questioned”.
A video of the sloganeering has also gone viral on social media.
Anuj Dayal, Executive Director, Corporate Communications of DMRC, said, “In reference to a video clip going viral on social media, showing sloganeering by some passengers at Rajiv Chowk Metro station, it is to state that this incident happened today morning at the station and DMRC/CISF staff immediately handed them over to the Delhi Metro Rail Police for further necessary action.”
Under Delhi Metro (Operation and Maintenance) Act 2002, any kind of demonstration or nuisance is prohibited in Delhi metro premises. Any passenger indulging in such act is liable to be removed from the Metro premises, according to the Act.
This story first appeared on indiatoday.in