WhatsApp Group Reveals How Muslims were Lynched in Delhi Riots

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Relatives mourn Mohammad Mudasir, 31, who was killed in rioting in Delhi — AP

A WhatsApp group of 125 members from Hindu community planned and discussed the systematic mob violence against Muslims

Zafar Aafaq | Clarion India

NEW DELHI — Police investigations into the Delhi violence have found how a WhatsApp group named Kattar Hindu Ekta of 125 members from Hindu community planned and discussed the systematic mob violence against Muslims.

The charge sheets filed by police reveal the messages in the WhatsApp group between members talking about the heinous murder of two brothers of Mustafabad, a neighbourhood in north east of Delhi.

With this revelation, the allegations against the anti-CAA activists that they were responsible for instigating the riots further loses the credence. Reports said that the police have arrested at least nine members of the group so far. “During the investigation, it was found that during peak rioting, a WhatsApp group was created on the intervening night of February 25 and 26. This group had 125 members,” reads the charge sheet. It says the group was created with the motive to “take revenge on Muslims”.

Two brothers Mohammad Amir, 30, and Hashim, 19, were killed at around 9:30 PM on February 26 near a sewage drain in Bhagirath Vihar area in Delhi’s north east when they were returning from their maternal home in Ghaziabad.

The brothers, whose lynching sadly became the symbol of the carnage in Delhi, were intercepted by the mob shortly after they made their last call to their home. The family came to know about their death two days after the incident when they were asked by the police to identify their charred bodies kept at a hospital morgue.

One of the messages in the WhatsApp group from a member named Lokesh refers to the lynching of the two brothers. It reads: “Tumhare Bhai ne abhi 9 bje k krib b. vihar m 2 mulla mare hai. Or nale m feka hai.

(Your brother has just killed 2 Muslims at around 9 PM in Bhagirathi Vihar and threw them in the drain).”

According to the charge sheets filed by police, they are going to consider the transcript of the chat of the WhatsApp group as “extra judicial confessions”.

The nine men accused of murder and rioting in the three charge sheets are: Lokesh Solanki (19), Pankaj Sharma (31), Ankit Chaudary (23), Prince (22), Jatin Sharma (19), Himanshu Thakur (19), Vikas Panchal (20), Rishab Chaudary (20) and Sumit Chaudhary (23).

It is evident from the charge sheets that the violence was planned and systematic. The mob had set up fixed spots where they waylaid the victims, ascertained their identity and if found Muslims, would kill them and then throw their bodies in the drain.

The mob forced the victims to chant Jai Shri Ram, the charge sheet reveals. Nearly 50 people, majority of them Muslims, have been killed in the targeted attacks. The mobs did not spare even children and the aged. In many cases, the mobs killed Muslims by stabbing them with sharp objects. Some bodies were recovered in severed conditions. The mobs rampaged through lanes and indulged in acts of arson, lynching, loot and sexual violence.

The charge sheet mentions of the lynching of nine Muslim men on Feberuary 26 near Jhoripur puliya in Baghirath in Ghokalpuri police limits. They have been identified as Mursalin, Aas Mohammad, Musharraf, Aamin, Bhure Ali, Hamza, Akil Ahmed, Hashim and Amir. Musharaf was dragged out from his home by the mob and then beaten to death before they threw his body in the drain.

The charge sheets also frequently mention Kapil Mishra, the BJP leader who has achieved the inglorious distinction in the eyes of the public of being the instigator of the riots. The day the riots erupted he had extolled the crowd on camera in the presence of police “to deal with Anti-CAA protesters if the police fail to do so”.

According to the charge sheet, the members discussed Mishra’s speech in the WhatsApp group. They defended his ultimatum and felt inspired to hit streets. One member wrote that what Mishra said is correct and in national interests. “This is the least we can do, friend.”

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