Delhi riots: Court calls murder calculated attack, says witness hid behind drain

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A Delhi court on Friday framed charges of murder, rioting and criminal conspiracy against four accused in the alleged execution of a man during the riots in northeast Delhi last year. The court said it was a “calculated attack”. Moreover, 53 people died and hundreds were injured in the northeast Delhi riots in the month of February last year.

Additional sessions judge, Amitabh Rawat further said a key witness in the case hid behind a wall behind a drain and saw the entire murder through the gap in the wall.The four men named Anwar Hussain, Kasim, Shahrukh, and Khalid Ansari have been accused of ruthlessly beating a man named Deepak to death near Ambedkar College on February 25, 2020. He succumbed to death due to hemorrhagic shock, as per the post mortem report.The judge said, “By the manner of their mobilisation and intent as construed from their conduct, the said unlawful assembly can be said to have conducted itself for riots and other offences like murder of deceased Deepak, in prosecution of their common object. The conspiracy is also writ large by the calculated attack on the victim by the unlawful assembly.”

He added that the most important witness in the case was one Sunil Kumar, who gave a complete picture of the incident and how the deceased was killed by the “armed Muslim mob consisting of accused persons”.

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