New Delhi: The Delhi Police has named fifteen people as accused in a 17,500-page charge sheet filed over the violence that took place in the national capital in February this year and left more than 50 people dead. Also Read - Key Conspirators Deployed 'Guerilla Strategy' in Delhi Riots, Alleges Police Charge Sheet
The fifteen people named in the charge sheet have been accused under sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, IPC and Arms Act. The police have included 747 witnesses in the chargesheet and are relying on technical evidence, WhatsApp chats and Call Data Records (CDRs). Also Read - Facebook India Chief Moves Supreme Court Against Delhi Assembly Panel Notice, Hearing Tomorrow
According to the sources, those named in the chargesheet are Taahir Hussain, Mohd Parvez Ahmed, Mohd Illyas, Saifi Khalid, Ishrat Jahan, Miran Haider, Safoora Zargar, Asif Iqbal Tanha, Shahdab Ahmed, Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita, Tasleem Ahmed, Saleem Malik, Mohd Saleem Khan and Athar Khan. Also Read - Delhi Riots: How Communal Clashes Were Engineered by 5 Key Conspirators, Police File Chargesheet; Name Tahir Hussain as Prime Accused
The charge sheet does not have the names of Umar Khalid and Sharjeel Imam as accused. As they were arrested a few days ago, their names will be in the supplementary charge sheet.
Names of CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav, economist Jayati Ghosh and Delhi University professor Apoorvanand also figure in the supplementary charge sheet, allegedly for “provoking and mobilising” anti-CAA protesters.
“The evidence includes WhatsApp chats of February 24, the time when riots were happening. At that point, key conspirators were guiding their foot soldiers about violence in the area. The key conspirators were directly in touch with their foot soldiers,” police said.
“WhatsApp groups were used by conspirators for ‘violence in Seelampur-Jafarabad area. There were 25 protest sites in 25 cities. 25 WhatsApp groups were specially created for each city. The impression was given that they were anti-CAA protest group but through these sites, conspirators were being guided,” it said.
Communal violence had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after citizenship law supporters and protesters clashed with each other in the area, leaving 53 people dead and around 200 injured.
(With PTI inputs)