New Delhi: The Delhi Police Crime Branch Tuesday filed two charge sheets in connection with the communal riots in northeast Delhi that killed 53 people earlier this year and called it a “deep-rooted conspiracy” by activists, including Umar Khalid.
Between the two charge sheets, one has been filed in connection with the Jaffrabad incident that took place on 25 February near the metro station and names 10 people, including two activists of Pinjra Tod Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita, for allegedly “hatching a conspiracy to cause riots”.
The other charge sheet has been filed against suspended Aam Aadmi Party leader Tahir Hussain and 14 others for allegedly playing a “pivotal role” in “organising the riots”.
The police have claimed three Special Investigation Teams (SIT), investigating 59 cases, have found “sufficient evidence” against the Left groups, showing they not only “triggered” but also “orchestrated” the riots by “provoking the other side”.
Sources in the police claimed investigation has revealed these groups organising the anti-CAA protests “carefully picked” the locations to carry out these demonstrations — in this case northeast Delhi, which has a “combustible mix” of both Hindu and Muslim populations — knowing it will lead to violent clashes.
“They not only knew that this would lead to clashes, but had also prepared for it. This shows they were aware that a riot may break out and thus it establishes their role,” a police source said.
‘Activists hatched conspiracy, prepared to cause riot’
According to Delhi Police, investigation in the Jaffrabad incident has revealed there was a “deep-rooted conspiracy to cause riots in northeast Delhi” by the members of the Pinjra Tod and others.
The police also claimed the groups were a part of a “larger conspiracy” and found to be “connected with the India Against Hate group and Umar Khalid”.
Twelve people, including Narwal and Kalita, were arrested in the case and booked for criminal conspiracy, murder, attempt to murder, rioting, unlawful assembly, assaulting public servant, and under the Arms Act.
“The two were actively involved in hatching the conspiracy to cause riots near Jaffrabad Metro Station,” a police officer said.
The police also claimed to have accessed a WhatsApp chat in the phone of one of the accused showing they were “preparing for causing the riots”.
In the chat, police claimed the women in northeast Delhi were asked to keep hot oil, red chilli powder, acid bottles handy in case of a riot.
“The chats clearly show these groups who were holding protests knew there was a possibility of a danga (riot) and they issued directions to women to prepare for the same,” the police officer said.
Quoting the chat accessed by the police, the officer said: “The chat says: Dange ke halat mein ghar ki auratein kya krein — Ghar mein garam khaulta hua pani or tel/oil ka intezam karein, building ki seedhiyo par tel/shampoo/surf dalde, lal mirch pani garam me/ya powder ka istemal kre, tezab ki bolte ghar me rkhe.”
The officer further claimed the accused also directed people to hoard stones and bricks on their terrace.
“Their chat also says — ‘balcony/terrace par eit or pathar rakhe’. This clearly shows it was a conspiracy by these activists to initiate a riot. They very well knew that their actions can lead to a riot,” he added.
This case was registered for murder and riot reported from 66 Futa Road near Jaffrabad Metro Station on 25 February in which one Aman had died after suffering a gunshot injury during the clash.
The police had also recovered over 35 empty cartridges — 11 cartridges of 7.65mm, 7 cartridges of 8 mm and 17 cartridges of 5.56mm — from the spot.
‘Tahir Hussain organised the riot’
Hussain and 14 others have been charge-sheeted for “playing a pivotal role in organising the riot,” police claimed.
They have been booked under criminal conspiracy, obstructing and assaulting public servants, dacoity, rioting, creating mischief using explosives and for promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion.
The said case was registered for the riots that took place at around 2.15 pm on 24 February outside Hussain’s house in Khajuri Khas.
Fifteen people, including Hussain and his brother Shah Alam, were arrested in the case.
According to the police, investigation has revealed Hussain used his licensed pistol in the riot, which he got released from police station Khajuri Khas on 22 February, two days before the riot.
The police also claimed Hussain was connected to activists Khalid Saifi and Umar Khalid, who were part of a larger group of people organising riots and protests in Delhi.
“Recovery of crates containing glass bottles having some liquid filled in them and their necks stuffed with pieces of cloth, large number of bricks and stone pieces and three catapults from the house of Hussain points towards the conspiracy and the extent of preparation for causing riots in the area,” the officer said.
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