Delhi Riots: Dinesh Yadav First Person to be Convicted in 2020 Pogrom, Sentenced 5 Years in Jail

A Delhi court has sentenced Dinesh Yadav to jail for five years in the first conviction, in connection with the 2020 Delhi riots case, which claimed lives of over 50 people, and left hundred others injured. 

The Delhi pogrom in early 2020 were one of the worst violence in the national capital in decades, followed by months of protests against the 2019 Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which sought to grant citizenship to minorities of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

On Thursday, Karkardooma court’s Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat sentenced convict Dinesh Yadav to five years in jail, along with Rs 12,000 fine, for his role in the riots. 

Earlier, the court had held Yadav guilty, saying he was part of a mob of 150 to 200 rioters who vandalised and set on fire the house of Manori, a 73-year-old woman.

Dinesh is the first person in the Delhi riots case, to be convicted and sentenced to five years in jail. 

He was convicted on December 12, 2021 under several Sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC), including 143 (Unlawful assembly), 147 (Rioting), 148 (Rioting armed with deadly weapon), 457 (House trespass), 392 (Robbery), 436 (Mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house, etc).

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