Delhi pogrom: Court rebukes police for arresting 3 Muslim youths with ‘no evidence’

The Delhi High Court on Friday granted bail to three Muslim youths arrested for killing Shahid Alam who had sustained gunshot injury on 24 February 2020 during the anti-Muslim pogrom in northeast Delhi and said that “it is hard to believe a communal riot used to cause death of person of their own coommunity.”

Earlier, in the charge sheet in connection with the murder of Shahid, the police have booked six Muslim men under charges of murder, rioting, criminal conspiracy, and under provision of Arms Act. The police claimed Shahid was one of the rioters and was “accidentally killed by his own men”.

“Neither there was any motive whatsoever either for them or for any other person allegedly present on the roof of Saptarishi building, to commit the offence, nor has the prosecution alleged any motive in the entire case. Thus, it is hard to believe that a communal riot can be used by the petitioners to cause death of the person of their own community.” , leagal website Live Law quoted as court saying.

Justice Suresh Kumar Kait granted bail to Junaid, Chand Mohd. and Irshad vide a common order.

According to Live Law, the court after concluding that there was no direct, circumstantial or forensic evidence against the accused persons, granted them bail. The court also observed that there was no recovery, either of firearm or of any other weapon was obtained from the accused persons.

A Newslaundry report revealed that the Delhi police has arrested six Muslim men in the case on the basis of witness statements from three migrant workers and all the three witnesses told Newslaundry that the statements are fabricated.