Delhi University professor and activist Apoorvanand and documentary filmmaker Rahul Roy have also been named in the supplementary chargesheet filed by the police on the riots in Delhi between 23 and 26 February
New Delhi: The Delhi Police has named CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav, economist Jayati Ghosh, Delhi University professor and activist Apoorvanand, and documentary filmmaker Rahul Roy as co-conspirators in the Delhi riots in February.
According to the supplementary chargesheet, they have been accused of asking anti-CAA protesters “to go to any extreme”, and spreading discontent in the community by calling CAA/NRC “anti-Muslim”, and organise demonstrations to malign the image of the Government of India.
The names appeared in a supplementary charge sheet, a copy of which is with PTI, filed by the police on the riots in North East District between 23 and 26 February, which claimed 53 lives and left 581 injured, 97 of them having gunshot wounds.
The activists have been named as accused based on the confessions of three students — women’s collective Pinjra Tod members and JNU students Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal, and Gulfisha Fathima of Jamia Milia Islamia — in the Jafrabad violence, from where the riots spread to other parts of north-east Delhi, the chargesheet said.
All three students are facing charges under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
In the chargesheet, which was made public just two days before the commencement of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, the Delhi Police has claimed that Kalita and Narwal admitted to not just their complicity in the riots but also named Ghosh, Apoorvanand and Roy as their mentors, who allegedly asked them to carry out the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act and “go to any extreme”.
Their similarly-worded disclosure statements mentioned in the chargesheet — claim the two JNU students said they organised the Daryaganj protest in December and the Jafrafad chakka jam (road block) against the CAA on 22 February, 2020 at the behest of Ghosh, Apoorvanand and Roy.
The student-activists also told the police the three coordinated with the Islamist group Popular Front of India (PFI) and the Jamia Coordination Committee to mentor the Pinjra Tod members to carry forward their campaign against the CAA, according to the chargesheet.
The police have used Jamia student Fathima’s statement to corroborate the ensuing events.
The chargesheet claims that apart from Yechury and Yogendra Yadav, Fathima’s statement mentions Bhim Army chief Chandrasekhar, United Against Hate activist Umar Khalid and some leaders from the Muslim community such as ex-MLA Mateen Ahmed, and MLA Amannatullah Khan.
The document claims they aided the conspirators of the violence.
In her statement, Fathima said that she was told to organise the protest to malign the image of the Government of India, the police claimed.
In her statement, included in the chargesheet, she says that big leaders and lawyers started coming in to provoke and mobilize this crowd, including Umar Khalid, Chandrashekhar Ravan, Yogendar Yadav, Sitaram Yechury, and lawyer Mahmood Pracha, etc.
Pracha said that the sit-in demonstration is democratic right and the rest of the leaders caused the feeling of discontent in the community by calling CAA/NRC anti-Muslim she said, according to the chargesheet.
According to the chargesheet, Kalita added that Khalid had also given some tips for protesting against CAA/NRC.
“On the directions of these persons, Khalid’s United Against Hate Group and JCC (Jamia Coordination Committee) and members of our Pinjda Tod (we) together started protest in difierent parts of Delhi,” the statement is quoted as saying in the chargesheet.
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