Wednesday 28 October 2020

Delhi riots: Court takes cognisance of charge sheet, Natasha Narwal gets bail

On 29 May, Delhi Police’s Special Cell had ‘arrested’ Pinjra Tod activist and Jawaharlal Nehru University student Natasha Narwal who was already in custody

The Karkardooma Court today took cognisance of the charge sheet Delhi Police filed accusing 15 people, including former AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, of inciting violence in north-east Delhi in February 2020.

Out of the 21 persons arrested so far, police filed charge-sheet detailing the ‘crimes’ of 15 accused, “based on scientific, documentary and testimonial evidence gathered during the investigation”. Delhi Police will add to the charge sheet the names of the remaining six persons in due course after collecting sufficient evidence and completing statutory and procedural requirements, police had said in a statement yesterday.

The police accuse all the 15 of fanning riots in the capital city under Sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, IPC and Arms Act.

The 17,000-page charge sheet named Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita, Asif Iqbal Tanha, Ishrat Jahan, Meeran Haider, Safoora Zargar and Khalif Saifi.

Meanwhile, Pinjra Tod member Natasha Narwal, who was arrested for Jaffrabad metro station protest, got bail. On 29 May, Delhi Police’s Special Cell had ‘arrested’ Pinjra Tod activist and Jawaharlal Nehru University student Natasha Narwal who was already in custody. The police booked her under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

Delhi Police had arrested also another far-left activist of Pinjra Tod, Devangna Kalita, for her role in stoking communal violence during the anti-Hindu riots in north-east Delhi in the last week of February this year. The riots had claimed 53 lives and left more than 400 injured.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police on 12 September denied media reports that it had named CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav, economist Jayati Ghosh, Delhi University professor, and activist Apoorvanand and documentary filmmaker Rahul Roy as co-conspirators in a supplementary charge sheet filed in the north-east Delhi riots case, even as a political row erupted over the issue.

However, on 22 June, police had named pop socialist and Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav in the charge sheet filed in the murder of head constable Ratan Lal in the communal riots that broke out in north-east Delhi. However, he has not been made an accused in the charge sheet.

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