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Delhi Riots: “Whatsapp Groups Created For Protests Used To Engineer Violence”, Says Police In Chargesheet

“These conspirators were in direct touch with the foot soldiers that resulted in the riots in North East Delhi in February,” police told the city court. 

In a vast chargesheet filed by Delhi Police over the Delhi riots that raged through the capital city in February this year, fifteen people have been named by the police for executing the violence that left more than 50 people dead and property worth crores damaged.

17,500-page filing carried in two steel trunks, included more than 2,600 pages detailing the charges against the accused and thousands of pages of annexures. Charges also include those under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

Their investigation in the case is ongoing and it expects to file a supplementary chargesheet against the accused who have not been named so far, the police said.

“These conspirators were in direct touch with the foot soldiers that resulted in the riots in North East Delhi in February,” police told the city court, adding that WhatsApp groups created for organising protests were used to engineer the riots in Seelampur and Jafrabad that saw some of the worst violence.

“Conspirators planned the riots while middle ring of leaders at the area level executed the plan through the foot soldiers,” the police added.

Communal violence had erupted in the national capital in February this year, after groups protesting against the Citizenship ammendment act (CAA) and supporting the act clashed with each other in north-east Delhi.

 

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