9 Delhi ri­ots vic­tims were forced to shout ‘Jai Shri Ram’: Cops

Ac­cused were part of What­sApp group ‘Kat­tar Hindu Ekta’ cre­ated against Mus­lims ■

The Asian Age - - City - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Some of the ri­ot­ers used a What­sApp group to co­or­di­nate with each other dur­ing the North­east Delhi ri­ots in Fe­bru­ary and killed nine Mus­lims af­ter they re­fused to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram,’ the Delhi police has al­leged in its charge sheets filed in a court here.

The ac­cused were part of a What­sApp group — Kat­tar Hindu Ekta — that was cre­ated on Fe­bru­ary 25 to take revenge on Mus­lims, the charge sheets said, adding that they used it to co­or­di­nate with each other and pro­vide men, arms, and am­mu­ni­tion to each other.

The cre­ator of the What­sApp group is still ab­scond­ing, the police said in the charge sheets.

The ‘Kat­tar Hindu Ekta’ group was cre­ated on Fe­bru­ary 25 at 12.49 hrs. Ini­tially, there were 125 mem­bers in the group. Out of these, 47 had ex­ited the group by March 8, it said.

The charge sheets were filed be­fore ad­di­tional chief met­ro­pol­i­tan mag­is­trate Vinod Ku­mar Gau­tam on June 29 for the al­leged blud­geon­ing of nine peo­ple — Hamza, Aamin, Bhure Ali, Mur­salin, Aas Mohd, Mushar­raf, Akil Ahmed, and Hashim Ali and his el­der brother Aamir Khan — to death.

Dur­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, it has been es­tab­lished that a group of Hin­dus com­pris­ing of ac­cused per­sons Jatin Sharma, Rishabh Chaud­hary, Vivek Pan­chal, Lokesh Solanki, Pankaj Sharma, Prince, Su­mit Chaud­hary, Ankit Chaud­hary, and Hi­man­shu Thakur along with other iden­ti­fied and uniden­ti­fied ri­ot­ers be­came ac­tive in Ganga Vi­har/Bha­gi­rathi Vi­har area since the morn­ing of Fe­bru­ary 25 to 26 mid­night.

They blud­geoned nine Mus­lims to death and in­jured sev­eral per­sons in Bha­gi­rathi Vi­har and other ar­eas, the police said in the charge sheet.

They used to catch peo­ple and as­cer­tain their re­li­gion by ask­ing their name, ad­dress, and their iden­tity card. They forced them into say­ing ‘Jai Shri Ram’ sev­eral times. Any­body who did not say ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and car­ried a Mus­lim iden­tity was bluntly at­tacked and thrown into the main Ganda Nala (dirty drain) at Bha­gi­rathi Vi­har, it said.

The court has put up the mat­ter for con­sid­er­a­tion on July 13.

Ac­cord­ing to the police re­port, one of the ac­cused, Lokesh Solanki, on Fe­bru­ary 25, mes­saged in the What­sApp group: Brother Lokesh Solanki this side from Ganga Vi­har area. If any Hindu needs any backup then do con­tact. We have men, arms, and am­mu­ni­tions. I have just killed two Mus­lims in Bha­gi­rathi Vi­har area and thrown them in the drain with the help of my team.

In the first case, on Fe­bru­ary 26, one Hamza was killed by the ri­ot­ers while he was com­ing from Mustafabad to Bha­gi­rathi Vi­har at around 9.15 pm. He was then thrown in the sewage near E Block of Bha­gi­rathi Vi­har, the police said.

An FIR was lodged in this re­gard at Gokalpuri police sta­tion in North­east Delhi on March 3, it added.

In the sec­ond case, one Aamin was killed and thrown in the sew­er­age on Fe­bru­ary 25 by the ri­ot­ers near C Block of Bha­gi­rathi Vi­har.

In the third case, one Bhure Ali was killed near C Block of Bha­gi­rathi Vi­har on Fe­bru­ary 26.

On Fe­bru­ary 25, be­tween 4 and 4.30 pm, one Mur­salin was killed and thrown in Bha­gi­rathi

Vi­har Nala (drain) near Johripur Puliya (bridge) and his scooter was set on fire.

The police said that on Fe­bru­ary 25, at about 7.30 pm, Aas Mohd was killed by the ri­ot­ers and thrown in a drain in Bha­gi­rathi Vi­har near Johripur Puliya (bridge).

On the same day, at about 8.00 pm, the police said that the ri­ot­ers cut the elec­tric­ity and in the dark they at­tacked the house of Mushar­raf, grabbed him, and dragged him out into the street and beat him to death be­fore throw­ing him in the open drain.

Later on Fe­bru­ary 26, at about 9.30 pm, one Akil Ahmed was killed by the ri­ot­ers, the police said and added that on the same day at about 9.40 pm one Hashim Ali and his el­der brother Aamir Khan was killed by the ri­ot­ers.

◗THE ‘KAT­TAR Hindu Ekta’ group was cre­ated on Fe­bru­ary 25 at 12.49 hrs. Ini­tially, there were 125 mem­bers in the group. Out of these, 47 had ex­ited the group by March 8. Ac­cused used this group to co­or­di­nate with each other and pro­vide men, arms, and am­mu­ni­tion to each other

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