Ground Report | New Delhi: Man convicted in Delhi riots; Delhi’s Karkardooma court on Thursday sentenced the first person convicted in the case of riots in the north-eastern areas of the country’s capital Delhi to five years in jail in February 2020.
The name of this person is Dinesh Yadav. Dinesh Yadav’s lawyer Shikha Garg said, “Dinesh Yadav will also have to pay a fine of Rs 12,000.” Dinesh Yadav was convicted last month for his active involvement in the riots and for his involvement in robbing and burning the house of a woman named Manori.
According to the prosecution, Yadav was an “active member of the mob of rioters” and had participated in ransacking and setting fire to the house of a 73-year-old woman named Manori on February 25.
Manori had alleged that when her family was not present, a mob of around 150-200 rioters attacked her house and looted all belongings, even buffaloes. (Man convicted in Delhi riots)
Yadav, 25, was arrested on June 8, 2020. The court framed charges against him on August 3, 2021, in which he pleaded not guilty. He was convicted on 6 December. At least 53 people were killed and over 700 were injured in the riots that started as a clash between those opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act and those supporting it.
Last month, Additional Sessions Judge Virendra Bhat booked Yadav under sections 143 (member of an unlawful assembly), 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting with deadly weapon), 457 (entry into the house), 392 (dacoity). was found guilty. Section 436 (arson) of the Indian Penal Code. The maximum punishment under these sections is imprisonment up to 10 years.
There was a clash between supporters of the Citizenship Amendment Act and those opposing it between February 23 and February 26, 2020, in North East Delhi. At least 53 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in the violence. Many cases related to violence are being heard in the courts of Delhi.
According to the complaint lodged by the 73-year-old victim, Yadav was among a mob of around 200 people who broke into a woman’s house, ransacked, robbed and then set it on fire on February 25, 2020.
During the hearing of the case, the prosecution had argued that Yadav was an “active member of the rioting mob” and was identified by the complainant in his supplementary statement. The police also produced two police witnesses and a public witness in the case.
The court had in December said, “The fact that the accused also belongs to the Hindu community and was present in the crowd armed with wooden sticks, which the mob used to resort to violence against Muslims, shows that he had committed the general act of unlawful assembly.”
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