BJP youth wing leader admits to setting fire to Rohingya camp in Delhi

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The Hush Post: A youth wing leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Manish Chandela, claimed in a tweet that the fire that struck gutted the Rohingya refugee camp in Delhi was started by him. The leader of the Bhraratiya janata Yuva Morcha (which is the youth wing of the BJP) subsequently deleted his tweet following a massive backlash on social media.

Based on the tweet, lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan filed an FIR against Chandela. As per a report in the Indian Express, Bhushan was also upset with the Delhi Police for not having taken any action against Chandela. Bhushan, taking to twitter to talk about the issue, said “No action yet by Delhi Police to register a case and arrest him and no action by BJP to remove him from the party. State of rule of law under BJP.”

The complaint filed by lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan
The complaint filed by lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan (https://twitter.com/pbhushan1/status/986880616124760064)

Bhushan while attaching pictures of his complaint, also attached screenshots of Chandela’s tweet.

Chandela, on April 15, had taken to Twitter to announce that he had caused the Rohingya refugee camp fire in Delhi. Chandela tweeted “Yes, we did it and we do again #ROHINGYA QUIT INDIA.” Replying to a tweet about the fire in the refugee camp, he said “Well done by our heroes.” When asked who he was referring to, he tweeted “Yes we burnt the houses of Rohingya terrorists.”

Manish Chandela's tweet. He subsequently deleted the tweet and his Twitter account
Manish Chandela’s tweet. He subsequently deleted the tweet and his Twitter account

Chandela also deleted his twitter account, and there have been calls for action from various groups, including by not limited to the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM).

More than 50 temporary shanties of the Rohingya refugees were burnt in southeast Delhi’s Sarita Vihar, where a refugee camp for the Rohingyas had been set up. Nearly 230 people were staying at the Rohingya camp.

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