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Delhi riots: More than Rs 1 crore used to manage protests, reveals chargesheet

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A recent chargesheet filed by Special Cell of the Delhi Police in connection with the alleged conspiracy in the Delhi riots case revealed that five accused, slapped with the stringent UAPA, received Rs 1.61 crore to execute the conspiracy.

On September 16, Police filed a voluminous charge sheet against the accused under various sections of UAPA, Indian Penal Code, Arms Act and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act. The copy of the charge sheet was supplied to their counsels on Monday.

In the charge sheet, the police claimed that five persons, including evicted municipal councillor Tahir Hussain, former councillor Ishrat Jahan, student Meeran Haider, activist Khalid Saifi and Shifa-ur-Rehman, received Rs 1.61 crore as cash or bank transaction, out of which Rs 1.48 crore was used to manage the protest sites and execute the conspiracy of riots.

The charge sheet was filed in little less than 200 days of filing an FIR to investigate the conspiracy angle behind the riots that rocked northeast Delhi in February this year. Clashes between the citizenship law supporters and protesters had spiralled out of control, leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

Besides mentioning the financial transaction, the police also expanded on how the riots were “engineered”. They said that a secret conspiratorial meeting was held on February 16-17 February midnight and it was then that the “key conspirators made up their mind that the final show down of the pan Delhi protests will be executed in northeast, Shahdara, south districts with the areas of Chand Bagh and Jafrabad as the initial hotspots.”

The chargesheet revealed that there was a clear understanding between the key conspirators who attended this meeting that the protest sites, currently located in side lanes in Muslim dominated areas, would need to be shifted and converted into chakka jaam on carefully chosen sites located on arterial or busy roads in proximity to mixed population areas to paralyze the normal movement of traffic and flow of life and engineer riots.

“The traffic would be followed by confrontation and attack on Policemen and Public Persons, damage, and destruction of public property by use of arson and other means in these so engineered riots,” the chargesheet revealed.

It added: “It is not a mere coincidence that while the weapon of offence was financed by Tahir Hussain, the finance for cartridges used in the murder of Rahul Solanki came from Suleman Siddique, one of thepersons who had attended this secret conspiratorial meeting.”

The chargesheet names Tahir Hussain, Safoora Zargar, Gulfisha Khatoon, Devangana Kalita,Shafa-ur-Rehman, Asif Iqbal Tanha, Natasha Narwal, Abdul Khalid Saifi, Ishrat Jahan, Meeran Haidar, Shadab Ahamd, Talsim Ahmad, Saleem Malik, Mohammed Salim Khan and Athar Khan.

Tahir Hussain has been named as a main accused in the chargesheet.

The chargesheet, however, does not name Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam,Mohammed Pervez Ahmad, Mohammed Ilyas, Danish and Faizal Khan. Their names will be added in the supplementary chargesheet.

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577 new Covid cases take total tally past 91K in Jammu and Kashmir

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With 577 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, the total tally in Jammu and Kashmir crossed 91,000 mark.

A statement issued by the information and public relations department said that with 577 people tested positive on Saturday, the total number of Covid-19 cases jumped to 91,329 of which 82,219 have recovered completely.

Out of 577 new cases, 213 were reported from Jammu division and 364 from Kashmir division.

733 patients were discharged from different hospitals on Saturday after recovery.

The death toll in the Union Territory reached 1,430 with six more patients succumbing to virus.

The number of active cases in the Union Territory are 7,680 out of which 2,447 are from Jammu division and 5,233 are from Kashmir division.

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Quadcopter shot down by Army near LoC in Jammu and Kashmir

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The Army shot down a quadcopter near the Line of Control (LoC) in the Keran Sector in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, official sources said.

“A quadcopter (DJI Mavic 2 Pro model) was shot down this morning by the Indian Army on the LoC in Kupwara district,” an Army statement said.

It is not the first time a quadcopter has been shot along the borders in Jammu and Kashmir.

In June, a Pakistani drone was shot down by the BSF in Hiranagar Sector on the International Border in Jammu. Arms and ammunition, including one M-4 US rifle, were seized.

Last month, a consignment of weapons was dropped from a drone for terror outfits in the Rajouri Sector. Three terrorists were arrested by the security forces when they went to Rajouri to receive the consignment of weapons.

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NRI man from HP hangs self in Delhi hotel

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A 43-year-old man from Himachal Pradesh, who had come to India from Dubai in January but could not return due to Covid-19 restrictions, hanged himself in a central Delhi hotel, police said on Saturday.

Deceased Balwinder Singh’s kin alleged that he took the extreme step due to a fake visa racket he fell for.

Balwinder Singh and three others arrived in Delhi on Thursday. He opted to stay separately in a Nabi Karim hotel where he ended his life.

When he did not order breakfast and lunch, the hotel staff became suspicious and called police who found him hanging in the room. A suicide note was found from his possession.

“He was found hanging from a ceiling fan with his turban on Friday afternoon. We rushed him to the RML Hospital but he was declared brought dead. A suicide note running into 10 pages was seized, in which he said that no one is responsible for his death. However, we are verifying the suicide note,” said Sanjay Bhatia, DCP Central.

The police said that his family, including brothers, have ruled out any foul play though some relatives suspect that he along with three others was duped by a man on the pretext of arranging visas.

“Balwinder had taken approximately Rs 1.5 lakh each from the three men who accompanied him to Delhi from Mandi for visas. He was in touch with a man on mobile phone for visas. After reaching Delhi, the man did not pick up the phone. It may be one of the reasons for his extreme step,” said a relative.

Balwinder was working in a Dubai firm for around 10 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

The body has been sent for post-mortem. Inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC are on.

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