In the wake of chain snatching incident with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s niece in Delhi, state BJP president Manoj Tiwari on Sunday held “illegal immigrants” alleging that they are responsible for 80 per cent crimes in the city.

Reiterating his demand for National Register for Citizens (NRC) exercise in Delhi, Tiwari said as many as 80 per cent crimes involve “illegal immigrants” in Delhi. That’s why I have been demanding NRC but whenever I do so, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal rises as their shield, said Tiwari.

“The NRC exercise in Delhi will help to identify and evicting illegal immigrants involved in crimes,” said Tiwari.

In an incident that occurred a few kilometres away from Kejriwal and LG Anil Baijal’s residence, prime minister’s brother Prahlad Modi’s daughter Damayanti Ben Modi’s purse was snatched containing cash of Rs 50,000 on Saturday.

The snatchers also snatched two mobile phones, some documents and other valuables when she got down at the Gujrati Samaj Bhawan in North Delhi’s Civil Lines area, a senior police officer said.

Based on her complaint, police registered a case and arrested the accused on Sunday. The stolen items have been recovered and two mobile phones wrenched from her grasp by two persons when she was alighting from an auto-rickshaw on Saturday.

On a question about NRC implementation in Delhi, recently, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said Tiwari will be the first to be evicted if the exercise is started in the city.

Tiwari said the responsibility of law and order and crime control lied with the Delhi Police and he was not trying to protect it by naming the illegal immigrants.

“But it needs to be worked out how is the Delhi Police going to control crime in Delhi when a large number of illegal immigrants are living in different parts of the city,” Tiwari said.