STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Violence was a well-calculated conspiracy during Donald Trump’s visit: Delhi Police

A total of 755 FIRs were registered in the communal riots, of which 400 cases have been solved and 349 charge sheets and 102 supplementary charge sheets have been filed.

Published: 23rd February 2021 07:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd February 2021 07:56 AM   |  A+A-

Communal violence broke out in Northeast Delhi during protests against CAA.

Communal violence broke out in Northeast Delhi during protests against CAA. (File Photo)

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The northeast Delhi riots were a “well-calculated conspiracy” and “meticulously executed by the key conspirators”, said senior Delhi Police officials on Monday, as the capital marks the first year of the communal violence that broke out on February 23 and continued for the next two days, leaving about 53 people killed and 581 injured. 

“The timings of the riots were almost meticulously executed by the key conspirators. They were aware of the fact that any communal violence in Delhi during (then) US President Donald Trump’s visit would immediately be picked up by the international media and would cause a huge embarrassment to the Indian government,” said a police official. 

A total of 755 FIRs were registered in the communal riots, of which 400 cases have been solved and 349 charge sheets and 102 supplementary charge sheets have been filed.

The police have arrested 1,825 people so far, of which, the key conspirators include suspended AAP leader Tahir Hussain, who was allegedly involved in the murder IB staffer Ankit Sharma and funded the rioters, former JNU students’ leaders Umar Khalid and Sharjeel Imam, Pinjra Tod activists Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal, former Congress councillor Ishrat Jahan, among others. 

Shahrukh Pathan, whose picture showing him pointing a gun at an unarmed cop, was arrested from Bareilly and is still in jail. His bail applications have been rejected by the court.

According to the police, the rioters had decided to resort to ’chakka jams’ at communally sensitive areas and attack police personnel to escalate the violence during Trump’s visit. 

Delhi Police Commissioner S N Shrivastava recently said technology was used extensively to investigate over 750 cases related to the riots that led to the arrest of over 200 people.

He said three SITs were formed to investigate the cases. One of the cases was registered to unearth the conspiracy behind the riots, which was investigated by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police while the remaining cases were investigated by the northeast district.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp