New Delhi: In a major breakthrough, the Delhi Police Crime Branch on Saturday arrested a 27-year-old man for allegedly being involved in killing of a 20-year-old man during the communal violence in North East districts of the national capital. Mohd Shehnawaz, a Shiv Vihar resident, has been accused of allegedly killing Dilbar Singh Negi, a sweet shop employee on February 24. Also Read - Delhi Violence: Suspended AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain Sent to 7-day Police Custody
“Multiple eyewitnesses identified him from the scene of crime on February 24”, a leading portal quoted a senior police officer as saying. Reports claimed that Negi had gone for a nap to a nearby building that served as a storage space for the sweet shop. Later at around 3 PM, Shehnawaz along with other accused allegedly pelted stones and set the building on fire. Also Read - Delhi Violence: High Court Seeks Reply From Centre, Cops; Next Hearing on March 12
On February 26, shop’s owner Anil Pal found the decapitated and charred body of Negi on the second floor of the building. Negi had planned to visit his family on Holi. Also Read - 'Grieving Over Massacre of Muslims in India,' After Foreign Minister, Iran's Supreme Leader Condemns Delhi Violence
Meanwhile, BJP leader Kapil Mishra, whose inflammatory speeches allegedly incited violence in the national capital, has said that he will meet the family members of Negi. The BJP leader has also announced to give Rs 3 lakh to his (Negi) family.
Sharing a photograph of Negi on Twitter, Mishra tweeted, “Dilbar Negi’s hands and legs were chopped off and then he was burnt alive. He used to work at a sweet shop. His family lives in Pauri Garhwal in Uttarakhand and his father is a farmer. We are giving Rs 3 lakh to his family. I will myself go to his village to meet the family.”
On the other, Delhi Police has tightened its grip over suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Councillor Tahir Hussain, the main accused in Intelligence Bureau (IB) official Ankit Sharma’s killing during the violence.
Speaking to a news agency, an official said that a total of 15 people have been identified so far, to whom Hussain was contacting regularly.
“The identified people include many relatives of Hussain about them he said that he was only warning them against going into the violence affected areas. However, the crime branch is not ready to accept his claims”, he added.
It is expected that the SIT would summon these people on Monday by sending them legal notices. The SIT is also expecting to get some vital information from Hussain in coming one or two days.
Death Toll Rises to 53, 683 Cases Registered So Far
The communal violence, that sparked from protests over the amended Citizenship Act, has left at least 53 people including Ankit Sharma and a Police Head Constable Ratan Lal dead and over 200 injured.
The Delhi Police has informed that it has registered over 600 cases in connection with the violence. Out of 683 cases registered, 48 were related to the Arms Act, it said in a statement.