2020 Delhi riots ‘pre-planned’: High Court

New Delhi: The Delhi riots of 2020 were planned and calculated to cause disruptions and were not triggered by any incident, the High Court said while refusing bail to one of the accused in the case.

“The February 2020 riots were a conspiracy, planned and executed. They evidently did not take place in a spur of the moment,” the Delhi High Court said in strong remarks on the three-day violence that left over 50 dead and 200 injured.

The court said in the video footage submitted by the prosecution, it was clear from the conduct of the protesters that the riots were a planned attempt to disrupt normal life and the functioning of the government.

“The systematic disconnection and destruction of the CCTV cameras also confirm the existence of a pre-planned and pre-meditated conspiracy to disturb law and order in the city,” said Justice Subramonium Prasad.

“This is also evident from the fact that innumerable rioters ruthlessly descended with sticks, bats, etc. upon a hopelessly outnumbered cohort of police officials.”

Justice Prasad made the comments while denying the bail request of an accused, Mohammad Ibrahim, who was arrested in December. Another accused, Mohammad Saleem Khan, was granted bail.

“Individual liberty” cannot be used to threaten the fabric of civilized society, the High Court said, adding that Ibrahim was seen on CCTV clips threatening the crowds with a sword.

The case involves a mob attack on policemen at Chand Bagh in northeast Delhi at the peak of the riots revolving around protests over a new citizenship law.

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