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Delhi Police files a 3rd supplementary charge sheet in north-east Delhi riots of 2020

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Delhi police on Wednesday filed a third supplementary charge sheet in connection with a case related to larger conspiracy in the north east Delhi riots in February, 2020, involving Jamia Millia Islamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha- who was arrested under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for hatching a conspiracy to organise the riots, as per reports.

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The Delhi police has filed a third supplementary charge sheet in northeast Delhi violence case connected with a larger conspiracy lodged under UAPA. It contains video footage, voice sample report of former Jamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha.

— ANI (@ANI) March 2, 2022

With the announcement of Citizenship Amendment Act in December last year, India witnessed violent communal clashes in Delhi, Mumbai, Assam among other parts of the country.  The clashes continued to escalate in northeastern parts of national capital on February 24 after violence between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralled out of control leaving at least  53 people dead and around 200 injured.

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The 24-year-old student of Jamia Millia Islamia, Asif Iqbal, is a third-year student of BA in Persian language. Hailing from Jharkhand, Tanha was arrested Tanha in 2020 pertaining to a case involving violence which took place in north-east Delhi in February. As per a report, the Delhi police has claimed hat that Tanha was a member of the Students Islamic Organization and also a part of the Jamia Coordination Committee which allegedly instigated violent protests against the new citizenship act in Delhi.

“Asif is a key member of the Jamia Coordination Committee and played an active role in organising protests and riots in Jamia in December 2019. He is a close associate of Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam, Meeran Haider and Safoora Zargar who had been key organisers of anti-CAA protests and subsequent riots,” police said.

On September 16, 2020 the Delhi Police had filed a voluminous charge sheet against 15 accused under UAPA, Indian Penal Code, Arms Act and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act in the riots case.

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