Delhi riots chargesheet: Nine victims were forced to chant 'Jai Shri Ram', say cops

According to the Delhi Police, the accused created a WhatsApp group on 25 February to coordinate with each other and provide men, arms and ammunition

Press Trust of India July 04, 2020 01:00:10 IST
Delhi riots chargesheet: Nine victims were forced to chant 'Jai Shri Ram', say cops

New Delhi: Some of the rioters used a WhatsApp group to coordinate with each other during the north east Delhi riots in February and killed nine Muslims after they refused to chant 'Jai Shri Ram', Delhi Police has alleged in its chargesheets filed in a court.

The accused were part of a WhatsApp group — Kattar Hindut Ekta — that was created on 25 February to take revenge on Muslims, the chargesheets said, adding that they used it to coordinate with each other and provide, men, arms and ammunition to each other.

The creator of the WhatsApp group is still absconding, police said in the chargesheets.

'Kattar Hindut Ekta' group was created on 25 February at 12.49 hours.

Initially there were 125 members in this group, out of these 125; total 47 had exited the group by 8 March, it said.

The chargesheets were filed before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Kumar Gautam on 29 June for the alleged bludgeoning of nine people — Hamza, Aamin, Bhure Ali, Mursalin, Aas Mohd, Musharraf, Akil Ahmed, and Hashim Ali and his elder brother Aamir Khan — to death.

During the investigation, it has been established that a group of Hindus comprising of accused people — Jatin Sharma, Rishabh Chaudhary, Vivek Panchal, Lokesh Solanki, Pankaj Sharma, Prince, Sumit Chaudhary, Ankit Chaudhary and Himanshu Thakur, along with other identified and unidentified rioters — became active in Ganga Vihar/ Bhagirathi Vihar area since the morning of 25 to 26 February midnight and bludgeoned nine Muslim persons to death and injured several persons in Bhagirathi Vihar and other area, police said in the chargesheet.

The final report further said that it shows that they were actively involved in rioting and attacking other community people belonging to different religions and during riots they killed many people by attacking them.

Their modus operandi was, they used to catch the people and ascertain their religion by asking name, address and by their document, ie, Identity Card and they were forcing them to call 'Jai Shri Ram' many times.

The person who was not calling 'Jai Shri Ram' and carrying the identity of Muslim identity, they were bluntly attacked and thrown into the Main Ganda Nala (dirty drain), Bhagirathi Vihar, Delhi, it said.

The court has put up the matter for consideration on 13 July.

According to the police report , one of the accused, Lokesh Solanki, on 25 February, messaged in the WhatsApp group: "Brother Lokesh Solanki this side from Ganga Vihar area if any Hindu need any back up then do contact. We have men, arms and ammunitions. I have just killed two Muslims in Bhagirathi Vihar area and thrown them in drain with the help of my team."

In the first case, on 26 February, one Hamza was killed by the rioters while he was coming from Mustafabad to Bhagirathi Vihar about 9.15 pm, police said.

His body was found near E Block Bhagirathi Vihar. An FIR was lodged in this regard at Gokalpuri police station, in North East Delhi on 3 March, it said.

In the second case, one Aamin was killed on 25 February by the rioters near C Block Bhagirathi Vihar.

In the third case, one Bhure Ali was killed near C block Bhagirathi Vihar on 26 February.

On 25 February, between 4-4.30 pm, one Mursalin was killed near Johripuri puliya (bridge) and his scooter was set on fire.

Police said on 25 February, at about 7 to 7.30 pm, deceased Aas Mohd was killed by the rioters and found near Bhagirathi Vihar/Johripur pulia (bridge).

On the same day at about 8 pm, police said rioters cut the electricity and in the dark, they attacked the house of Musharraf, grabbed him and dragged him out into the street and they beat him to death.

Later on 26 February, at about 9.30 pm, one Akil Ahmed was killed by the rioters, police said and added that on the same day, at about 9.40 pm, one Hashim Ali and his elder brother Aamir Khan was killed by the rioters.

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