Delhi riots: Police file chargesheet against 15 under UAPA for 'larger conspiracy'

The 17,000-page chargesheet also includes charges under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Arms Act. Six more of the 21 arrested will be chargesheeted in due course, the police said

Press Trust of India September 16, 2020 23:40:21 IST
Delhi riots: Police file chargesheet against 15 under UAPA for 'larger conspiracy'

File Image from Shiv Vihar area of northeast Delhi. PTI

New Delhi: Six more persons will soon be charge-sheeted in connection with the February riots, the Delhi Police said on Wednesday as it filed in a city court a chargesheet on the "larger conspiracy" behind the communal violence in the northeast parts of the National Capital.

In a statement, the force said that after 195 days' investigation and examination of 747 witnesses, a total number of 15 accused have now been charge-sheeted out of the 21 people arrested so far.

The remaining six persons are expected to be charge-sheeted in due course after collecting sufficient evidence and completing statutory and procedural requirements, it said.

The chargesheet was filed by the Special Cell against the 15 accused under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Arms Act.

"It took 195 days to complete the first phase of the investigation. During this period, 747 witnesses have been examined and approximately 75 electronic devices have been seized as part of the investigation," the police said.

The chargesheet submitted on Wednesday is based on scientific, documentary and testimonial evidence and runs into 11 volumes, totaling over 17,000 pages, they said.

The riots which broke out in parts of northeast Delhi in February had claimed 53 lives while 583 people were injured and there was destruction and damage of both government as well as private properties on a huge scale, the police said.

Claims amounting to more than Rs 20 crore to compensate for the loss of property have been filed before the Delhi government, which indicates the scale and immense cost of the tragedy, they added.

Over 16,000 PCR calls were received and a total of 751 cases were registered by Delhi Police in connection with these riots.

Fifty-nine cases were assigned to the special investigation team (SIT) constituted in the Crime Branch and 691 cases were investigated by the district police.

One case, which was registered on 6 March to investigate the alleged larger conspiracy behind these riots, was assigned to the Special Cell, the police said.

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