Delhi court orders probe into police investigation in a Delhi riots case

A Delhi court on Wednesday ordered a police investigation into whether a deliberate attempt was made to shield five men who were discharged in a case pertaining to the Delhi riots. The accused were part of riotous mob who looted medical shops and houses of the complainant Firoz Khan and taking away medicines and cosmetics worth Rs 22 Lakhs. The accused were discharged by Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat citing lack of evidence on Feb 25 2020.

“Let the DCP North-East District conduct an enquiry into the matter in which the investigation was conducted by the Investigation Officer in this case to find out whether or not there has been any deliberate attempt to shield the offenders and submit a report to this court on the next date if hearing”, he ordered

“It is not clear as to whether the IO chose not to find out any other witness or whether no other person came forward who had seen the incident in question”, the judge said.

A pogrom targeting the minority Muslim community erupted in northeast Delhi in February 2020 after supporters and protesters of the Citizenship Amendment Act clashed. About 53 killed and over 700 injured.

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