Court Denies Bail To Man Seen Shooting Gun In CCTV During Delhi Riots

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More than 50 people were killed in community violence in northeast Delhi in February 2020 (File)

New Delhi:

A Delhi court has rejected a bail application for a defendant who allegedly saw riots and gunshots at people and police during the February riots this year in northeast Delhi.

Extra Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat on Friday rejected Vikram Singh’s bail request, noting that he was allegedly part of the illegal assembly that committed the offense of rioting and shooting at people and the police, who caused injuries during the violence.

“In view of all the facts and circumstances of the case and the evidence available against the accused, no bail application is established. Therefore, Vikram Singh’s current bail application under Article 439 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CPRP) is denied, “the court held.

Lawyer Ashok Kumar, appearing on behalf of the accused, had argued that Singh had nothing to do with the alleged offense and that he had been falsely implicated by the police. It was further argued that the accused has an obvious background and is the sole breadwinner of his family.

Special Prosecutor Saleem Ahmad, while opposing the request for bail, maintained that there was a CCTV video of the incident, in which the accused was seen on the street and holding a brick and a stone in his hands. He was screaming and throwing stones at others, Ahmad argued.

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Singh was identified by the Complainant’s Deputy Deputy Inspector Dharambir for allegedly “actively participating” in the riots. It has further been argued that according to section 149 of the Indian Penal Code, any member of an illegal assembly is guilty of an offense committed by each member of an illegal assembly in pursuit of a common object.

According to police, the present case was recorded on the statement of Deputy Deputy Inspector Dharamvir Singh of Welcome Police Station who was present at Shiv Mandir, Babarpur on February 25, 2020, when people gathered there to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

More than 750 cases of violence have been recorded in northeast Delhi, in which at least 53 people have been killed and several others injured. So far, more than 250 charge sheets have been filed in riot-related cases in which 1,153 defendants have been indicted.

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