Anti-CAA protests, conspiracy to uproot elected government, chakka-jaam: Dissecting Delhi Police’s 2,600+ page charge sheet on Delhi riots

Seven months on, the Delhi Police filed its first charge sheet in the case concerning the unproven plot that led to the riots in the capital’s North-East area in February 2020. The charge sheet has been filed on September 16, 2020. A total of 751 FIRs were registered. Delhi Police has named fifteen people as accused.

The Police has sought cognizance of offences under Section 120 B of the Indian Penal Code read with Sections 13, 16, 17, 18 and Sections 124A, 153A, 302, 307, 109, 114, 147, 148, 149, 186, 353, 395, 201, 341, 212, 295, 427, 435, 436, 452, 454, 341, 420, 468, 471, 34 IPC; as well as Sections 25 and 27 of the Arms Act and Sections 3 and 4 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984.

Out of the fifteen accused, six are students, and except one, all are in judicial custody. Consequently, the period of investigation was extended by the trial court under Section 43(D)(2)(b) of UAPA.

As per the charge sheet, the sequence of events behind the riots, began on December 4, 2019, when the Union Cabinet Committee gave its nod to the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

This resulted in the creation of a WhatsApp group of ‘Muslims students of JNU’. Students of Jamia was also in existence and the two groups, as per Police, distributed pamphlets and planned protests. On December 15, 2019, the first protest site at Shaheen Bagh was set up on the model of chakka jam. It was further decided and agreed that a coordinated blockade of traffic on roads would be carried out on February 23, post which all the protest site members would adopt violent measures to escalate the protests.

As per the Delhi Police, their case is corroborated by the statements of protected witnesses under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

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