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Delhi riots case: Delhi police submit chargesheet

Extensive report: Special Cell personnel bringing the chargesheet papers related to the riots to the Karkardooma Court in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Extensive report: Special Cell personnel bringing the chargesheet papers related to the riots to the Karkardooma Court in New Delhi on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: PTI

The Delhi Police Special Cell investigating the “larger conspiracy” behind the riots in northeast Delhi submitted a chargesheet at the Karkardoma court in east Delhi on Wednesday.

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“The chargesheet includes the names of 15 persons who were charged under the stringent UAPA [Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act] and other serious charges like murder, rioting and attempt to murder. The persons named in the chargesheet were found instigating people gathered at anti-CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) protest sites,” said a police officer.

“It took 195 days to complete the first phase of investigation. During this period, 747 witnesses have been examined and approximately 75 electronic devices have been seized as part of the investigation. Based upon scientific, documentary and testimonial evidence, a total number of 15 accused have now been charge-sheeted out of the 21 persons arrested so far,” Delhi police said in a statement.

The remaining six persons are expected to be chargesheeted in due course, after collecting sufficient evidence and completing statutory and procedural requirements, added the statement.

The chargesheet submitted on Wednesday runs to 11 volumes, totalling over 17,000 pages.

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A senior police officer said that the protesters blocked roads at 25 places and that blocking a road was undemocratic. Out of 747 witnesses, 95 witnesses recorded their statement before a magistrate in a court. A WhatsApp group created in the name of a Delhi protest support group was the main group where violence was planned on the arrival of U.S. President Donald Trump in Delhi, the officer said. In a chat, a man gave the instruction to evacuate the protest site the moment violence begin, he added.

Police said that they had filed a chargesheet against 15 people, and for the remaining six — Sharjeel Imam, Umar Khalid, Mohammad Illyas, Mohammad Pervez Ahmad, Danish and one more — a supplementary chargesheet would be submitted.

The riots that broke out in parts of northeast Delhi in February 2020 claimed 53 lives, 583 persons were injured, and there was destruction and damage of both government as well as private properties on a huge scale, the police said.

Claims amounting to more than ₹20 crore to compensate for the loss of property had been filed before the Delhi government, which indicated the scale and immense cost of the tragedy, added the police.

Over 16,000 Police Control Room calls were received and a total of 751 cases were registered by Delhi police in connection with the riots. Fifty-nine cases were assigned to a Special Investigation Team constituted in the Crime Branch; 691 cases were investigated by the district police; and one case, which was registered on March 6 to investigate the larger conspiracy behind the riots, was assigned to the Special Cell, the police said.

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