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Delhi riots in 2020 reminiscent of carnage during the days of partition, says court

Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav dismissed the anticipatory bail of Siraj Ahmad observing that his presence “is very much necessary to unearth the conspiracy involved in planning, instigating and fanning the flames of communal conflagration”.

Written by Anand Mohan J | New Delhi |
Updated: May 3, 2021 6:05:47 pm
Man made to sing anthem: Plea seeks probe into deathCommunal violence had broken out in northeast Delhi in February last year after clashes between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralled out of control. (File Photo)

Observing that the riots in northeast Delhi in 2020 were “reminiscent of carnage during the days of partition”, a Delhi court has rejected the anticipatory bail application of a man who was seen in CCTV videos carrying a spear in his hand during the violence.

Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav dismissed the anticipatory bail of Siraj Ahmad observing that his presence “is very much necessary to unearth the conspiracy involved in planning, instigating and fanning the flames of communal conflagration”.

The police had alleged that the complainant, Raman was brutally attacked with “swords and dandas” by the riotous mob consisting of about 15-20 people on February 25 last year, when he had gone to fetch vegetables.

Special Public Prosecutor Saleem Ahmad argued before the court that “several efforts were made to join the applicant in investigation, but in vain and he is deliberately absconding in the matter”.

It was submitted that several raids were conducted at the residence of applicant in Delhi, “but every time he was found absconding and thus, could not be apprehended in the matter” and left with no option “the investigating agency was compelled to initiate coercive measures against the applicant and in this process, he was declared Proclaimed Offender”.

Advocate Shadab Khan, the counsel for the applicant, Siraj Ahmed, told the court that “he was falsely implicated in the matter merely on the basis of disclosure statement(s) of co-accused persons; no specific role has been assigned to him in the matter and in fact he has nothing to do with the alleged offence”.

It was also argued that the “official(s) of PS (police station) New Usmanpur have been threatening his family members to arrest him in the matter and in this regard they have visited his house several times, that too in odd hours”.

“It is common knowledge that the dreary day(s) of 24/25.02.2020 saw parts of North-East Delhi gripped by a communal frenzy, reminiscent of carnage during the days of partition. Soon, the riots spread like wildfire across the smoke-grey skyline of Capital, engulfing new areas and snuffing out more and more innocent lives. In the present matter, a young innocent boy namely Raman was brutally attacked by the riotous mob merely on the ground that he belonged to a different community,” the court said in its order.

The court added, “It is prima facie apparent that applicant was called several times by the investigating agency to join the investigation in the matter, but for the reasons best known to him he is still evading his appearance before the investigating agency and as such, the investigating agency was constrained to take coercive measures against him for securing his attendance.”

The court also said that the fact that 2-3 other co-accused were granted bail in the same case “will not water down the conduct of applicant” since he “absconded right from the day when his name cropped in the matter”.

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