New Delhi: Bloomsbury India on Saturday introduced it has withdrawn itself from publishing a book on the Delhi riots of February after there was outrage over a digital pre-publication launch, which it mentioned was being organised with out its data. The publishing home confronted huge backlash on-line on Friday after a purported commercial of the book launch on Saturday with BJP chief Kapil Mishra as a visitor of honour did the rounds on social media.

There have been allegations that a number of leaders together with Mishra made inflammatory speeches concentrating on anti-citizenship regulation protesters earlier than the violence broke out in Northeast Delhi on February 23.

Bloomsbury India issued a press release saying it strongly helps freedom of speech but additionally has a deep sense of duty in the direction of society.

“Bloomsbury India had deliberate to launch Delhi Riots 2020: The Untold Story in September, a book purportedly giving a factual report on the riots in Delhi in February 2020, primarily based on investigations and interviews performed by the authors.

“However, in view of very recent events including a virtual pre-publication launch organised without our knowledge by the authors, with participation by parties of whom the publishers would not have approved, we have decided to withdraw publication of the book. Bloomsbury India strongly supports freedom of speech but also has a deep sense of responsibility towards society,” the assertion mentioned.

The occasion went forward as scheduled. BJP National General Secretary Bhupendra Yadav additionally participated in it. The authors of the book are Sonali Chitalkar. Prerma Malhotra and Monica Arora.

Communal violence broke out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after citizenship regulation supporters and protesters clashed with one another within the space, leaving 53 folks useless and almost 200 injured.