Delhi Riots 2020: Charges Framed Against Five for Damaging Muslim Properties

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The FIR was registered by Mohd Iliyas Khan alleging that some individuals had set on fire a mosque as well as his house and also looted ornaments and some cash. 

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI —  A Delhi court on Monday framed charges against five men in a case connected to the 2020 North-East Delhi riots for damaging the properties of persons belonging to the Muslim community. 

Additional Sessions Judge Pulastya Pramachala framed charges against Ankit, Sourabh Sharma, Rohit, Rahul Kumar and Sachin for the offences punishable under Section 148 (committing riot being armed with a deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 380 (theft in dwelling house), 427 (mischief), 435/436 (Mischief by fire) and 450 (house trespass to commit any offence punishable with imprisonment for life) of the Indian Penal CoCode, 1860, LiveLaw reported on Tuesday.

The court said that the statement given by one of the complainants, Ali Ahmad, and two police officials showed that there was an unlawful assembly on February 25, 2020, and the assembled members vandalised the properties belonging to the Muslim community.

The FIR was registered by Mohd. Iliyas Khan alleging that some individuals had set on fire a mosque as well as his house and also looted ornaments and some cash. Eight more complaints were clubbed in the case for investigation. However, only two complaints were prosecuted in the second supplementary chargesheet, by Khan and Ahmad. In his statement, Ahmad stated that the rioters started vandalism and arson in the mosque, raising the slogan that “already they had burnt a number of houses of Mullo (Muslims) and would set more fires in the street,” LiveLaw report said.

He also deposed that the rioters entered the house of Iliyas, took away the goods and set the house on fire. They were raising slogans of “Jai Shree Ram”, Ahmad said. The court took note of the statement of two police officials who pointed out the five accused persons from the CCTV footage as the members of the mob which vandalised and set ablaze the house of Iliyas and Ahmad.

“The statement given by Ali Ahmad and above mentioned two police officials do show that there was an unlawful assembly, which had assembled in Gali No.12, SBS Colony on 25.02.2020 at about 11 AM and they were vandalising the properties belonging to the Muslim community,” the court said.

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