First Verdict In Delhi Riots Case, Acquittal Of One Accused Of Mob Lynching

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New Delhi, 20th July 2021- A Delhi Karkardooma Court on Tuesday acquitted an accused of shoplifting and illegal assembly in a case related to the North-East Delhi violence. This is the first case in relation to the Delhi violence, in which the verdict has been delivered.

The court of Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat in Karkardooma Court today acquitted accused Suresh alias Bhatura in the case. According to the prosecution, accused Suresh alias Bhatura was part of an illegally assembled mob armed with sticks and rods and used to riot and break the shutter of the shop of complainant Asif. Bhagat Singh was the owner of this shop.

On March 9, 2021, the court had ordered framing of charges under sections 454, 395 of the Indian Penal Code and various other offenses against the accused Suresh. Based on the material on record, the court framed charges against Suresh alias Bhatura under sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 427 (causing damage), sections 149 and 395 of IPC along with sections 454. was ordered to do.

Riots were raging over the citizenship law

Significantly, after clashes between supporters and opponents of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), communal riots broke out in Jafrabad, Maujpur, Babarpur, Ghonda, Chandbagh, Shiv Vihar, Bhajanpura, Yamuna Vihar areas of North-East Delhi on 24 February. .

At least 53 people were killed and over 200 were injured in the violence. There was also a lot of damage to government and private property. The furious mob torched houses, shops, vehicles, a petrol pump and pelted stones at locals and police personnel.

During this, Delhi Police head constable Ratan Lal, a resident of Sikar, Rajasthan, was killed during the violence in Gokalpuri on February 24 and several policemen including DCP and ACP were seriously injured. Also, after killing IB officer Ankit Sharma, his body was thrown in the drain.

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