A three-member team led by a Delhi Police Crime Branch official arrived in West Bengal’s East Midnapore (Medinipur) to investigate the links of the accused in the case of the Muslim attack on Hindus in Jahangirpuri in the national capital. Delhi Police Crime Branch ASI Suresh Kumar and the team went to the Sutahata police station from where their Bengal interlocutors took them to accused Dilshad’s house in Golapchak village which comes under the Sutahata police station.
The officials interacted with the villagers and inquired about the accused. Later, the Delhi Police team visited Hiatpur, home to another accused Zakir who was arrested in connection with the violence.
ASI Suresh Kumar said that the West Bengal police were extending support to his team for the investigation. However, he did not divulge anything about the investigation. “We are getting proper support from West Bengal police. The investigation is going on. But I can’t say anything about the investigation. After completion of the investigation, our senior officer will say everything,” Suresh Kumar said.
A relative of Zakir said that the team had inquired whether the accused belonged to Bangladesh or West Bengal. “They asked if he was from Bangladesh or a resident of this place. He is not residing here nor is he from Bangladesh; he lives in Delhi, but he comes here sometimes. This is not his house but his brother’s. He got married and the house of his parents-in-law is 10 min away from here. Whenever he comes, he puts up there,” she said.
Earlier in the day, the Delhi court had sent accused Gulli and Dilshad to three-day police custody. They were presented before a Delhi court for the first time today, said Rakesh Kaushik, lawyer of one of the accused persons in the Jahangirpuri communal riot case.
Meanwhile, the police slapped five of the accused with the National Security Act (NSA) yesterday, top government officials said.
The NSA has been imposed against Ansar, Salim, Imam Sheikh alias Sonu, Dilshad and Ahir for their involvement in the Jahangirpuri violence, officials said.
Tension has gripped Jahangirpuri in northwest Delhi since stone-pelting and chaos ensued following clashes between members of two communities during a Hanuman Jayanti Shobhayatra that evening.