Delhi police give official statement on riots; 63 dead, 2,200 people held

Out of the 2,193 people arrested, 50 have been charged under the Arms Act

Personnel of RAF and Delhi police conducting a flag march in northeast Delhi on Tuesday morning. Photo: DCP North East Delhi/Twitter

The Delhi police said on Saturday (March 8) that they have filed 690 cases and held nearly 2,200 people in connection with the communal riots in northeast Delhi a few days ago which claimed the lives of 53 people and injured more than 200.

“Of the total cases registered, 48 were related to the Arms Act,” police said in a statement. They said 2,193 people have been either detained or arrested in connection with the riots. Of them, 50 have been arrested on charges under the Arms Act.

Meanwhile, a 27-year-old man was arrested for allegedly being involved in another man’s killing during the violence. The crime branch, probing the murder cases registered during the riots, arrested Shahnawaz for allegedly killing Dilbar Singh Negi, 20, and is trying to identify other suspects in the case.

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Negis, whose decapitated and charred body was found in Brahmpuri on February 26, had come to the capital six months ago from Uttarakhand’s Pauri Garhwal and worked at a sweet shop in northeast Delhi.

A Delhi court also allowed police three more days custodial interrogation of Shahrukh Pathan, who allegedly pointed a gun at an unarmed police head constable during the clashes in Maujpur.

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Pathan, 23, whose photograph pointing a gun at head constable Deepak Dahia had gone viral on social media, was arrested on Tuesday (March 3) from Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district.

On Friday, the pistol he pointed at Dahia was recovered from his house in northeast Delhi’s Ghonda. In a video that was shared widely on social media, Pathan was seen pointing his pistol at the policeman on Jaffrabad-Maujpur road on February 24. After opening fire in the air, he kept the pistol at his residence and fled from the city in a car.

Police said after seeing himself on TV news channels, Pathan changed his clothes and fled to Punjab. He then moved to Bareilly in UP before hiding at a friend’s residence in Shamli in the state.

Uttar Pradesh police said they have arrested an alleged drug trafficker suspected to have helped Pathan escape from Delhi after the riots. Kaleem, 28, was wanted by the Narcotics Cell of Delhi police in a cannabis smuggling case.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain, who was arrested on Thursday (March 5) in connection with the killing of Intelligence Bureau official Ankit Sharma during the riots, has been sent to a seven-day police custody.

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On a complaint by Ankit Sharma’s father, police registered an FIR against Hussain, who has rejected the charge. The AAP has suspended him.

On Saturday, the AAP government launched a two-day verification drive to ensure speedy compensation to the victims of the riots. An official said the government has so far released nearly ₹3 crore as compensation to the victims, many of who have been put up at a makeshift camp at an Eidgah in Mustafabad.

Once the verification drive ends, the final list of victims will be prepared and the rehabilitation work will start next week, the official added.

The Delhi government has maintained that 53 people were killed and over 200 injured in the violence. During the violence, head constable Ratan Lal, attached to the office of the ACP Gokalpuri, was killed, while other police personnel, including Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Shahdara, Amit Sharma, were injured.

(With inputs from agencies)

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