Delhi Police has a lot on its plate. From managing the capital state of India to maintaining the security of top-notch personalities to safeguarding the local populace, it as a lot. Also, Delhi is not the most amiable state to handle. Incidents of riots against its own countrymen and neighbors s a very common note to find in its history. Be it the 1984 riots or 2020 riots, there is a lot that the police has to configure and assess. In February 2020, riots broke out on account of a new bill that the Central government passed, called the Citizenship Amendment Act. The riots broke out in the capital city against its own countrymen who belong to the Muslim religion. India has a huge history of the division and segregation on account of religion, so it was not a new phenomenon. However, any life lost means everything to the family.
Delhi Police charge against 15 rioters
The Special Cell of Delhi police filed a voluminous charge sheet of 17,000 pages against 15 accused. The police charged these culprits under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Indian Penal Code, and Arms Act. The riots in February not only destroyed the personal sentiments and lives of many but also destroyed properties, public and private. The police personnel filed the charge sheet before Additional Sessions, Judge Amitabh Rawat, at the Karkardooma Court in Delhi. Some names in the charge sheet are:
- United Against Hate Activist Khalid Safi
- Congress ex-councillor Ishrat Jahan
- AAP ex-councillor Tahir Hussain
- RJD youth wing’s Meeran Haider
- Pinjda Tod activists, Gulfisha Fatima,
- Safoora Zargar,
- Natasha Narwal,
- Devangana Kalita
These people have their names listed for murder, sedition, promoting enmity between two groups, rioting, and dacoity under The Indian Penal Code. Delhi Police argued their stand by stating that they have listed 747 witnesses to back that there were insiders who fueled these riots. “Multiple Whatsapp groups were made dedicated to 20 sites where Anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests were taking place.”
The evidence that the police have is in the form of electronic evidence. they have 75 electronic devices seized from the accused. The police further said, “15 accused have now been charge-sheeted out of 21 persons arrested so far. The charge sheet submitted today runs into 11 volumes, totaling over 17,000 pages.”
Details mentioned in the statement
Delhi police wrote in the statement about the details of the lives lost. “Fifty-nine cases were assigned to an SIT constituted in the Crime Branch, 691 cases were investigated by the district police.” On account of the 750 FIRs filed, Delhi Police has seized “12 pistols, 121 empty cartridges, 92 live cartridges, 61 glass bottles filled with noxious chemicals and an assortment pf sharp-edged weapons.”
Further investigation is ongoing and Delhi Police is also under scrutiny for its role during the riots.