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Footage shows Delhi minister called Nigerians criminals who run drug and prostitution rackets

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 - 7:33am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

A 16-minute raw footage of the midnight raid at Khirki extension accessed by the dna shows Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti made a racist remark. He called Nigerians criminals who run drug and prostitution rackets.

The raw footage of a news agency capturing vigilantism of Delhi law minister found that Bharti shows that he assumed the role of a complainant, an investigator and prosecutor. He along with his Aam Aadmi Party activists arrived at Khirki extension at 12 midnight. He and his men caught Nigerian women. He held them hostage in a car and was forcing the police to take action against them.

“All women are from Nigeria... And locals say that all Nigerian nationals are involved in prostitution and drug trafficking,” Bharti said.

And then he warned the Delhi police: “You (police) are allowing criminals to run away”.

Interestingly, a Delhi Police constable was also making a video of the incident. Bharti had strongly objected to it and even his supporters forcibly tried to stop him on the minister’s behalf.

Reconstructing the entire incident, Bharti in his own words says, “There are 40-50 foreign national in the building. I sent a decoy customer to fix a deal with girls and the deal was fixed for Rs10,000.

Sari mahila Nigeria ki hai (All the women are from Nigeria). Teen Videshi baad me aur aayi (Three more foreigner came later). Police are not ready to raid the premises.”

Bharti had reached the spot around 12 midnight. He with the help of his team caught two girls and put them into a van. The minister claimed that they caught them red-handed. The minister’s vigilantism not ended there, even without the information of police, he sent decoy customer to fix a deal with one of girls.  The minister is also seen ordering the policemen, he said ACP, Jakhad.

“You go in and raid. You should be ashamed of yourself. Doob maro paani me (you should be ashamed of yourself). Will a minister come and protect these people?” The rattled ACP who was then seen pointing finger at Bharti and said, “Mr Minister, you are crossing your limits.”

The police are examining its own footage and taking down the transcript to fix responsibility.

Police has even taken this footage to examine. On Sunday, the police had registered FIR after a Ugandan woman alleged that Bharti and his supporters forcibly entered her house and molested her. Meanwhile, Delhi Police has registered FIR against unidentified persons.

The FIR so far does not name anyone, but the footage available with the police may land Bharti in trouble.

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