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NE Delhi riots: In murder of two brothers, cops point to WhatsApp group with 125 members

One case pertains to murder of two brothers, Hashim Ali and Amir Ali, in northeast Delhi’s Johripur; the other case is of the murder of Dilbar Negi, a worker at a sweetshop in Shiv Vihar.

Written by Somya Lakhani | New Delhi | Updated: June 5, 2020 3:23:07 am
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The Delhi Police Crime Branch on Thursday filed two more chargesheets in cases pertaining to the Northeast Delhi riots, which took place in February.

The police investigation in the murder of brothers Hashim Ali and Amir Ali on the night of February 26 in Johripur has found that “during peak rioting, a WhatsApp group was created on the intervening night of February 25 and 26, which has 125 members”.

As per a Delhi Police statement shared Thursday by Additional PRO Anil Mittal, “Two active members of the WhatsApp group were located and joined in the investigation. During the investigation, their mobile phones were scanned and the specific WhatsApp group created on February 25 was also identified”.

“It was revealed that while some members of these groups were only sending and receiving chats, few others were involved in active rioting,” police said.

In the note shared by Mittal, police said “around 9.40 am on February 27, three dead bodies were recovered” from the area, and “one body was found on the same day around 4 pm from Johripur nallah”. On the basis of eyewitness accounts and technical evidences, nine people were arrested for Hashim’s murder, and 11 for Amir’s murder.

“Both the deceased were real brothers who were murdered on February 26 between 9 pm and 10 pm. All the accused persons are presently in judicial custody. Their several bail applications have been rejected,” police said.

On Thursday, the Crime Branch also filed a chargesheet in the murder of Dilbar Negi, who used to work at Anil Sweets in Shiv Vihar. A brief note shared by Delhi Police Thursday morning read, “At about 3 pm, a mob of Muslim community came from Brijpuri Pulia side and started rioting. The rioting mob targeted the properties of Hindus, that is Anil Sweets, Anil Dairy & Pastry shop, book shop, DRP school, and godown of Anil Sweet shop, by torching them till late night, and the mob of the same rioters community remained dominant till late night.”

The note mentions that in the meantime, “one Rahul Solanki of Mahalaxmi Enclave was also shot dead late evening. In close proximity, as many as 12 cases of rioting, arson, and murder were registered”.

The note says that Negi, “had gone to the godown of Anil Sweet shop for lunch and to rest. He could not be located till late night. The riots continued on February 25. On February 26

afternoon, local police of Gokulpuri police station came to know about the dead body of a male person at the godown of Anil Sweet shop”.

Police said the body was found in a charred condition and was later identified as Negi’s. In the note, police said, “The CDRs (call detail reports) of witnesses and suspects were analysed, and on the basis of eyewitness accounts and technical evidences, 12 accused persons were arrested”.

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