The masterminds of the riots in Delhi early this year in the name of ‘democratic’ protest against the amended citizenship law (CAA) had actually a larger objective, Delhi Police has found out. They had hatched the conspiracy to overthrow the union government. Officials investigating the Delhi riots in the north-eastern part of the national capital said they had evidence to establish that a group that called itself “Muslim Students of JNU” had plotted an embarrassing situation that would unfold in the presence of visiting US President Donald Trump.
Police sources said the rioters had prepared the script with ample monetary support and logistical help from shady domestic and foreign outfits for the purpose.
The rioters received supplies of ammunition for firing, petrol bombs, acid attacks, iron rods, swords, sharpened knives, stones, chilli powder etc for rioting. “The conspirators had only one intention — that to overthrow the union government and bring the ruling party BJP on its knees,” said a police source.
The conspirators knew that to do this, the government would have to be destabilised. To that end, the sources said, they had to shake the foundation of democracy. “Therefore, they chose the time of US President Donald Trump’s visit to India and set many areas of Delhi on fire,” said an officer under the condition of anonymity.
However, this conspiracy to make the government bow failed, the sources added. “If the conspirators had succeeded in their plans, the country would have been unstable for a while, sending a message across the world that the Indian government could not protect people’s lives and goods.” One of the officers added that channels of communication with the media, especially in the US and the UK were opened to plant pre-scripted stories of riots, showing rioters as the victims of riots.
Muslim groups’ role in planning and fanning Delhi riots
The conspiracy grew organically since the formation of the Muslim Students of JNU. Then came up the Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC) followed by Delhi Protest Support Group (DPSG), both filled with Muslims and a handful of communist Hindus. The deliberate communal mix provided a secular facade, said a source. The Maoist credo of seizing power “from the barrel of a gun” that Naxals follow weaved seamlessly with Islamism, the source added, quoting time and again from the Delhi riots charge sheet. The report incriminates quite a few media houses for creating a frenzy as well as persecution complex in the minority community.
The police said there were three levels of conspirators — top, middle and footsoldiers — that constituted the rioters. The police included in the charge sheet WhatsApp chats of 24 February when the riots broke out. The key conspirators guided the footsoldiers on the type and magnitude of violence they wanted in different areas, the police said.
Delhi Police has named AAP’s Tahir Hussain, Mohammed Parvez Ahmed, Mohammed Iliyas, Saifi Khalid, Ishrat Jahan, Miran Haider, Safoora Zargar, Asif Iqbal Tanha, Shadab Ahmed, Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita, Tasleem Ahmed, Saleem Malik, Mohammed Saleem Khan and Athar Khan in the charge sheet.
The police did not include the names of Umar Khalid and Sharjeel Imam in the charge sheet as they had been arrested just a few days ago while the drafting of the charge sheet had begun much earlier. However, their names will figure in the supplementary charge sheet, Delhi Police sources said.
The conspirators used a WhatsApp group to incite the riots that day in February. A total of 25 groups were created, focussing on 25 protest sites. While the Muslim-communist groups created an impression that the protests were about the amended citizenship law, they used the groups to guide rioters on the ground, the police added.