21-year-old accused in Delhi riots sent to police

21-year-old accused in Delhi riots sent to police

A 21-year-old man who was accused of shooting a bullet that hit a sub-inspector in the violence on a Hanuman Jayanti procession in the city's Jahangirpuri was sent to police by a Delhi court on Sunday.

Duty Magistrate Divya Malhotra sent Md Aslam and another co-accused Md Ansar to police custody until Monday, while the other 12 accused were sent to judicial custody for 14 days.

All the accused in the case were brought before the court and the police allege that Ansar and Aslam were the main conspirators who got to know about the Shobha Yatra'' on April 15 and hatched up the conspiracy.

It said that the custodial interrogation of Aslam and Ansar was needed to unearth the larger conspiracy and involvement of others.

Delhi Police took the help of CCTV footage to identify the others involved in the case.

The police said they recovered a pistol from Aslam, a resident of a slum cluster in Jahangirpuri's CD Park, which he was accused of being involved in the commission of crime.

They further told the court that there was stone-pelting and arson during the clashes between two communities that left eight police personnel and a local injured Saturday evening. Some vehicles were also torched.

An FIR was registered under sections 307 to try and murder 120 B criminal conspiracy 147 rioting and other relevant Indian Penal Code and Arms Act sections in relation to the case.

This is the first communal flare-up in the national capital since the February 2020 riots in northeast Delhi in February 2020, which had left over 50 dead and scores injured.