Police Fall Back On 'Protected Public Witnesses' For 'Conspiracy' Angle
Millennium Post Delhi|September 24, 2020
Police Fall Back On 'Protected Public Witnesses' For 'Conspiracy' Angle
Police cite more chat groups discussing protests, but members only mention anti-CAA demonstrations and no violence
Abhay Singh

NEW DELHI: Even as evidence of two more chat groups come to the fore in the Special Cell's 17,500-page charge sheet that holds only anti-CAA protesters responsible for inciting the north-east Delhi riots, the Delhi Police continues to struggle to come up with evidence for a conspiracy to incite riots or a plan to resort to violent action in these chat transcripts. Instead, as in the case of the DPSG WhatsApp group, the police have relied on statements recorded before a magistrate by a group of protected public witnesses.

In a section dedicated to the purported role of organisations such as Pinjra Tod in the alleged conspiracy, the Delhi Police claim that student activist and co-accused in the case, Gulfisha Fatima, had created two WhatsApp groups to coordinate protests, plan sites, dates and times for marches and mobilise women for the demonstration. The chat groups were called Warrior and Auroto Ka Inkilab and Pinjra Tod activists Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal were also members of these groups.

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September 24, 2020