February terror attack on Delhi unfolded: Rioters chanted ‘Jai Shree Ram’ and attacked
The IT cell of Delhi Police finally reveals a WhatsApp group by the name ‘Kattar Hindut Ekta’ – which was highly active during the attack on Delhi when President Trump was on a visit to India. Police says that the group was created on the 25th of February.
New Delhi: Just after 36 hours of creating a Whatsapp group called ‘Kattar Hindut Ekta’ (Radical Hindu Unity), members of the group went on to kill nine Muslims in Bhagirathi Vihar in North East Delhi. Delhi Police also accused member of identifying their targets by forcing them to chant “Jai Shri Ram”, THE HINDU reported. They would force the people to chant such slogans and those who retorted were killed and thrown into the drains which were flowing through the colony.
The dispute between the rioters and protesters of the Anti-citizenship amendment act resulted in the death of 51 people. The FIR was filed under Gokulpuri Police Station. In all, over 750 cases have been registered in connection with the riots and the murders.
Nine people were murdered in the Gokulpuri area on February 25 and 26. The bodies of – Mursalin, Aas Mohammad, Musharraf, Amin, Bhure Ali, and Hamza were thrown into the drain near C Block of Bhagirathi Vihar. Three others – Akil Ahmad, Hashim Ali, and his elder brother Amir Khan were also killed by the rioters.
Delhi Police reports, one of the accused, Lokesh Solanki sent a message to the WhatsApp group on the 25th of February: “Brother Lokesh Solanki this side from Ganga Vihar area if any Hindi need any back up then do contact. We have men, arms, and ammunitions. I have just killed two Muslims in the Bhagirathi Vihar area and thrown them in drain with the help of my team.”
The charge-sheet filed by SIT- III, which probed the killing of Hamza, has named nine people – all residents of Ganga Vihar and Bhagirathi Vihar as accused in these killings. Most of them are in the 18-23 years of age-group.
Those rioters are – Lokesh Solanki (19), Pankaj Sharma (31), Sumit Chaudhary (22), Ankit Chaudhary (23), Prince (22), Jatin Sharma (19), Rishab Chaudhary (20), Vivek Panchal (20), and Himanshu Thakur (19).
During the investigation into the murder, it was revealed that the WhatsApp group – “Kattar Hindut Ekta” was created at 12-49 pm on February 25, 2020 – says the charge sheet. Initially, there were 125 members in the group and later 47 exited by 8th of March.
Deadly weapons such as iron rods, lathi, sticks, danda, stones, and arms/ammunition were used by the rioters for carrying out violence against the Muslims. Many of the rioters had even covered their face to hide their identity.
How they planned this terror attack?
From messages included those related to preparation like, “Bhai taiyyar rahi, kaam start hone wala hai (brother stay prepared, work is about to start)” and even direct calls for violence against Muslims while using derogatory language – “Aane du mullo ka suar bana denge” (Let them come, we will make them pigs). Both these messages are listed in the February 26 transcript of the records.
Members of the group had planned to attack most of their targets at Jhoripur Nala, where the bodies were later found – reveals the messages sent on the group.
There was also an exchange of messages on the group about the availability of weapons like pistols and ammunition, like one shared on 11:42 pm on February 26 in which a person asked for bullets by posting: “Bhai goli hai kya 315 ki” (Brother you have 315 caliber bullet).
Delhi police has claimed that these messages circulated on “Hindut Ekta Group” clearly falls under the category of extra-judicial confession. They further insisted the court to consider this as these confessions were made exactly at the time when the offenses were being committed.