Delhi riots: Members of WhatsApp group created to avenge Hindus misplaced individuality: Court

New Delhi, August 21

Members of a WhatsApp group created to avenge Hindus allegedly misplaced their individuality and began working with mob minds, mentioned a Delhi courtroom on Friday whereas taking cognisance of a cost sheet filed towards 9 individuals in a case of alleged homicide of a resident in the course of the communal violence in north east Delhi in February.

The courtroom mentioned some youths allegedly didn’t understand the “bottomless stupidity” of the propaganda to take revenge towards the Muslims created the WhatsApp group ‘Kattar Hindu Ekta’.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Purushottam Pathak took cognisance of the offences together with rioting, illegal meeting, homicide and legal conspiracy towards 9 individuals within the alleged homicide case of Hashim Ali.

The courtroom directed all of the accused—Lokesh Kumar Solanki, Pankaj Sharma, Sumit Chaudhary, Ankit Chuadhary, Prince, Rishabh Chaudhary, Jatin Sharma, Vivek Panchal and Himanshu Thakur—to be produced earlier than it by video conferencing on August 28 for additional listening to within the case.

“I’m of the opinion that there’s adequate materials on file to take cognisance of the offences alleged to have been dedicated by accused individuals.

“I hereby take cognisance of the offence punishable under section 302 (murder), 144 (), 147 and 148 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 201 (destruction of evidence), 427 (mischief), 432 (mischief by causing inundation or obstruction to public drainage), 435 (mischief by fire or explosive substance), 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code alleged to have been committed by accused ,” the choose mentioned in his order.

The courtroom mentioned from the statements of the witnesses and the cost sheet, it was prima facie revealed that there was a nicely hatched conspiracy amongst the accused individuals.

“Same can also be evident from the truth that with a view to take revenge from Muslims some youths of that space who didn’t understand the bottomless stupidity of the propaganda, they as saviours of their neighborhood created a WhatsApp group. The group’s members as mentioned herein above misplaced their individuality and began working with mob minutes.

“’Jai Sri Ram’ and ‘Har Har Mahadev’ which are the sacred slogans and are attached to the victorious yelling, deadened their minds and paralysed their creative nature. They planned the manner of committing offence of rioting, murder and other offences and were instrumental for gathering of the unlawful assembly at Bhagirathi Vihar Nala Pulia on February 26 in conspiracy with each other having common intention and unlawful object,” it mentioned.

It added thereupon the mob allegedly turned rioters and within the technique of rioting, they brought about loss of life of Ali by inflicting a number of accidents in a brutal method and with a view to hide the proof all of them in furtherance of their widespread intention threw his physique within the drain.

It mentioned that it has been discovered that the widespread object of the illegal meeting was not solely to kill but in addition to destroy all proof of that crime.

“Thus, all of those involved in the present case actively participated in connection with the carrying of the dead body or disposal of it by throwing it in the drain must have been actuated by the common object. There cannot be any doubt that the accused who killed Hashim Ali were certainly up to their neck in the conspiracy and were thus very active members of the unlawful assembly,” the courtroom mentioned.

It, nevertheless, mentioned in a case the place a bunch of individuals conspired, thereafter assembled to take revenge and the place the victims have been focused on the premise of their spiritual identification, the related provisions of regulation attracting related offences ought to have been talked about within the cost sheet.

“It is also clear that there were averments in respect of promoting enmity between different groups on the ground of religion and acting in a way that are prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony,” it mentioned within the order.

According to the cost sheet, the physique of Ali was discovered on February 27 in a drain within the Gokulpuri space and damage marks had been discovered on his face.

The cost sheet mentioned all of the accused individuals had been allegedly current on the spot on February 26 carrying stones, cudgel, sticks, swords and rion rods and so on and had been shouting slogans like ‘Jai Sri Ram’ and ‘Har Har Mahadev’.

They had been allegedly main the mob and giving instructions to their associates by calling one another by their names and had been alleged to have been concerned in killing of 9 Muslims after checking their identification, police had mentioned.

Public witnesses said {that a} mob allegedly stopped two individuals using on the Apache bike and after establishing their Muslim identification, they killed each the individuals with stones, cudgel, sticks, swords and iron rods and threw their our bodies within the Nala (drain) together with the bike, the cost sheet mentioned.

It mentioned in the course of the course of investigation, information of cellphones of Sharma and Bhardwaj revealed that they had been members of WhatsApp group particularly “Kattar Hindu Ekta”.

Further investigation of this group was carried out which revealed that it was created on February 25 for allegedly taking revenge from Muslim neighborhood, the cost sheet mentioned.

It additional mentioned they allegedly conspired to show Muslims a lesson for attacking the Hindus and geared up themselves with lathis, danda, sticks, swords and firearms and killed many harmless individuals together with Hashim Ali and his brother Aamir Khan. PTI


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