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SIT probing Delhi riots implicates 30 Bangladeshis, PFI men

While some of the Bangladeshis are criminals lodged in Tihar Jail, the PFI suspected to be involved in rioting have dubious call records, say the team probing the incidents of violence in Delhi on 20 December 2019

The special investigating team (SIT) constituted to probe into the riots in Delhi that erupted last month says that more than 15 Bangladeshis and 15 members of the Islamic fundamentalist Popular Front of India (PFI) were involved in various acts of violence. The Bangladeshis involved in the riots that were ‘organised’ in the name of protesting against the amended citizenship law (CAA) are criminals who were living illegally in Seemapuri area, the SIT says. The criminals have been identified and their suspected hideouts are being raided for their arrest.

After its investigation, the SIT disclosed that more than 15 Bangladeshi people were involved in the rioting mobs that broke out after the Friday prayers in Seemapuri and Seelampur areas on 20 December. The SIT of the Crime Branch, which is investigating the case since Monday, will go to Tihar Jail and interrogate about 55 accused arrested in connection with the Delhi riots.

SIT includes 15 PFI functionaries in probe

SIT, Delhi riots over CAA: 30 Bangladeshis, PFI men involved
Seelampur, Delhi, 20 December 2019

The SIT says about 15 activists of the PFI are suspects in the Delhi riots. They will be questioned soon. The SIT is investigating the call records of these people so that their location can be traced during the Delhi riots.

The situation in Seelampur had started deteriorating around 2.30 PM on 20 December. It was brought under control by 5 PM with the help of AAP MLA Haji Ishraq Khan and the corporation councillors of Seelampur and Jaffrabad. The imam of the local mosque appealed for peace from the madrassah located near the Jaffrabad Metro station at 5 PM.

However, other eyewitnesses said it was this very madrassah that had given the call for demonstrations, albeit “peacefully”. But others say, as the planned demonstrations drew close, provocative messages were posted via WhatsApp by several of those who were supposed to be part of the procession.

Some of the stone-throwers later tried to justify their deeds by saying they had been “tolerating” anti-Islamic acts of the state like the abolition of triple talaq, Supreme Court verdict in favour of Ram Lalla Virajman in Ayodhya, the NRC, etc. The Citizenship Act Amendment, they allege, is the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Some clues of funding and logistic support for Delhi riots have surfaced, too. The SIT will disclose the details soon. It is probing many suspicious phone call details related to the riots.

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