Delhi Riots: Court Frames Charges Against Two for Setting Muslim Shrine on Fire

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Mazar vandalized in Delhi riots

Gaurav and his aide Prashant Malhotra are accused in the case; they have pleaded not guilty

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI – A Delhi Court has framed charges against two accused in a case of rioting, arson, vandalism and loot during last year’s communal riots in the national capital.
The accused, Gaurav and his aide Prashant Malhotra had allegedly set a Muslim shrine on fire and committed loot during the riots that took place in February 2020.

PTI reported that the chargesheet says Gaurav used a petrol bomb to set fire to the shrine and  Malhotra looted and vandalised shops, houses, and vehicles in Delhi’s Bhajanpura on February 24, 2020.

Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav framed the charges against the duo who pleaded not guilty.

The police have said that the two were part of a mob and their location as per call data records show that they were in the area during the specified incidents of violence. They were arrested on April 3 last year but got bail within 10 days.

The case of rioting invokes several Sections of the Indian Penal Code including 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 427 (mischief causing damage), 435 (mischief by fire), 436 (mischief by fire or explosive substance), 392 (robbery), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 34 (common intention) and Sections of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property (PDPP) Act.

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