Delhi riots: Court grants bail to 6 accused in murder case

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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday granted bail to six accused persons in connection with a case related to the death of 20-year-old Dilbar Singh Negi, whose charred body was found during the violence in the city’s North-East area in February 2020.

Justice Subramonium Prasad granted bail to the accused — Mohd. Tahir, Shahrukh, Mohd. Faizal, Mohd. Shoaib, Rashid, and Parvez in the order which was reserved earlier this month.

The case relates to the death of Dilbar Negi, who used to work at Anil Sweets shop and on the fateful day had gone to the godown for lunch and rest. He could not be located till late at night on February 25.

In the afternoon of February 26, 2020, the local police of Police Station Gokulpuri came to know about the dead body of a male person at the godown of Anil Sweets. The body was found in a charred condition and later identified as Dilbar Negi. He had come from Uttarakhand to the capital city six months prior to his death.

According to police, the rioting mob targeted the properties of Hindus, including the said shop, a book shop, DRP School, and godown of Anil Sweets and others by torching them and the mob of the same rioters remained active till late night.

The FIR stated that the accused were charged under Section 147 (Punishment for rioting), 148 (Rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (Unlawful assembly), 302 (Murder), 201 (Causing disappearance of evidence), 436 (Mischief by fire) and 427 (Mischief causing damage) of IPC at Gokulpuri police station.

Initially, 12 accused persons were charge-sheeted in the case in 2020.

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  1. The police should immediately appeal this decision. The Hon’ble justice has been known to be of the opinion that the gravity of the offense has no bearing on bail application. The offense is one of the most gruesome killing in my memory. First, the 20 year old pahadi worker was hacked and then burnt alive as the sweet shop where he was hiding was torched. All this was done to a person who had done no harm to any of the perpetrators, but simply because he belonged to the majority community. This was a pre-meditated, hate filled crime committed to instill fear, divide communities, and to disrupt religious harmony.

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