NEW DELHI: Observing that the purpose of the illegal assembly was to instill fear in the minds of people belonging to the Hindu community, a Delhi court has indicted 10 men in a case related to the riots in northeast Delhi .
Additional sessions Judge Virender Bhat, who issued the order, said the aim was to “threaten them to leave the country and to loot and burn their properties.” The court laid charges against Mohammed Shahnawaz, Mohammed Shoaib, Shahrukh, Rashid, Azad, Ashraf Ali, Parvez, Mohammed Faisal, Rashid and Mohammed Tahir under various sections of the IPC, including riots, robberies and rallies illegal.
In its submission, the prosecution stated that the defendants formed an unlawful assembly on February 25 last year and that to this end they used violence, looted and set fire to property belonging to members of the Hindu community.
According to the FIR registered on the complaint of a certain Jagdish Prasad, the rioters had completely set fire to the auto parts store run by his son. He said that due to violent protests, he and his two brothers remained in said store throughout the night of the riots. The next morning, they saw a large crowd armed with stones and other weapons attacking the store. The crowd threw a petrol bomb on the store and the whole store was burnt down.
“Intention to burn down the property of the Hindus”
The prosecution said the defendants formed an unlawful assembly on February 25, 2020, and to this end they resorted to violence and looting, and set fire to properties belonging to members of the Hindu community. They also burned down an auto parts store.