Police file first charge sheet in court regarding riots in northeast Delhi

NEW DELHI: Delhi police filed their first charge sheet in court on Friday in connection with the recent riots in northeast Delhi, accusing, arrested in a related case, of attempting to kill the police chief and others by shooting them on 24 February.

The final report of more than 350 pages accused the accused of attempted murder, riots, obstruction of the public servant in the performance of the public function and assault or use of criminal force to dissuade the public servant from fulfilling his duty.

In the charge sheet, in addition to the provisions of the Indian Penal Code, the Delhi police have also invoked the provisions of the Arms Law against the accused.

If convicted, Shahrukh can get a maximum of 10 years in prison and will also be liable for a fine.

The FIR in the case was filed on February 26. Shahrukh was arrested by Narcotics Cell, Crime on March 3 and is in prison. He was the first person arrested in the riot cases.

During the investigation, a Kaleem Ahmad, a resident of Kairana, Uttar Pradesh, who had sheltered the defendant Shahrukh, was also arrested in this case.

Section 216 (housing the offender who has escaped custody or whose arrest has been ordered) and other IPC provisions were also added against the accused person during the course of the investigation, police said.

In addition to Shaharukh Pathan and Kaleem Ahmad, the name of an Ishtiyak Mallik, a resident of Arvind Nagar, Ghonda, Delhi, whose location was also found at the scene, is also listed as accused.

According to the police, the crime weapon, a 7.65mm pistol and 2 live rounds, were recovered from Shahrukh in the case.

The 23-year-old Pathan, whose photo shows him pointing a gun at Delhi's unarmed police chief Deepak Dahiya during the communal riots that went viral on social media, was arrested in the Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh.

After opening fire, he kept the gun at home and fled the city in a car, police said. In the viral video, Pathan, a resident of Ghonda, northeast Delhi, was seen pointing his gun at the police on the Jaffrabad-Maujpur road on February 24.

Police said that after seeing each other on the news channels after the incident, Pathan changed his clothes and fled to Punjab. He then moved to Bareilly in UP before hiding at a friend's house in Shamli in the state.

According to the police, the good-quality semi-automatic pistol used by Pathan was purchased from Munger in Bihar. Upon leaving college, Pathan was interested in bodybuilding and modeling. I used to make TikTok videos. He owns a store and a sock factory in Ghonda.

The case was filed under various provisions of the CIP, including section 186 (obstruction of the public servant in the performance of public functions), section 353 (Assault or criminal force to dissuade the public servant from fulfilling his duty) and section 307 (attempted murder), sections 147 and 148 (both related to riots).

The provisions of the Arms Law were also invoked.