Delhi Pogrom: First Chargesheet Filed

On Friday, Delhi Police filed its first chargesheet in connection with the February 2020 Delhi pogrom. The chargesheet was filed against Shahrukh Pathan, who had allegedly fired at the head constable Deepak Dahiya in the riot hit area of Jaffrabad in Delhi’s Northeast on February 24 during the violence.

Violence broke out in Northeast Delhi on February 23, leading to mass destruction in the area and the death of over 53 people, which has been a matter of grave concern for the International community as well.

A 350- page chargesheet has been filed in the Karkardooma court against Pathan. He has been charged with the attempt to murder, rioting, obstructing public servant in discharge of public function and assaulting or using criminal force to deter public servant from discharging his duty, Times of India (TOI) reported. The man who had allegedly given him shelter has also been booked.

Shahrukh Pathan, the primary accused. Credits: PTI
Shahrukh Pathan, the primary accused. (Credits: PTI)

“After we caught Pathan, we found that a man named Kaleem Ahmed, a resident of UP, helped him to escape. We have also arrested him; his name has been added to the chargesheet. We have also caught Pathan’s associate- Ishtiyak Malik, who was at the spot the time of the incident. The chargesheet has been filed against the three for rioting,” Indian Express quoted Anil Mittal, Additional PRO, Delhi Police.

If convicted, Shahrukh may get a maximum of 10 years jail and will also be liable for a fine.

Soon after the incident took place on February 24, Pathan allegedly fled to Punjab along with his family. He later went to Bareilly, Delhi police said. The FIR in the case was lodged on February 26. Ten teams of Special cell of Delhi police were formed to arrest him and he was found at his friend’s house in Shamli district, UP on March 3. He was the first accused arrested in the Delhi-pogrom case, on the charges of rioting and attempt to murder.

Police said that the weapon of offence, a 7.65 mm pistol, and 2 live rounds, were recovered from Pathan.