TO Delhi The court ordered charges against the owner of the Rajdhani school, Faisal Farooq, and 18 others for their alleged involvement in arson, attempted murder, and criminal conspiracy during 2020. Delhi unrest
Karkardooma Court Additional Sessions Judge Pulastya Pramachala was hearing the case where a mob, at the alleged instigation of Farooq, set fire to the DRP school and adjacent properties near Shiv Vihar Tiraha on February 24, 2020.
All 18 defendants were reportedly part of the rioting mob. Dayalpur Police Station had registered an FIR against Farooq, Shahrukh Malik, Shahnawaz, Rashid, Mohd. Faisal, Mohd. Sohaib, Shahrukh, Azad, Ashraf Ali, Parvez, Aarif, Sirajuddin, Faizan, Irshad, Anis Qureshi, Mohd. Parvez, Mohd. Ilyas, Mohd. Furkan and Mohd. Goose.
“This mob turned Faisal’s school into a base and Faisal allowed it. Arrangements were also made at his school to launch Molotov cocktails etc. with catapults. All these acts of the defendant Faisal show that he had a mental agreement with other members of the this mafia (in which other defendants were members with other unidentified persons) for facilitating the attack against the properties of Hindus and the DRP school”, according to the prosecution.
He also made an allegedly provocative statement against Hindus, which had the effect of fueling hatred between the Hindu and Muslim community, according to the indictment.
The prosecution has placed on file a list of items, as provided by the plaintiff, that were allegedly damaged in this case.
“The witness statement from the DRP school shows that the items were damaged and burned inside the school. The mafia members were determined to harm the Hindus by all means, including killing them. Consequently, the mafia was also determined to cause loss to DRP School by all means,” the court said in its order issued Friday.
“I believe that (all) accused persons can be tried for offenses punishable under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) of sections 147 (riots), 148 (riots, armed with a deadly weapon), 307 (attempted murder ), 153A (punishment for promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc.), 395 (dacoity), 427 (mischief causing damage in the amount of fifty rupees), 427 (Punishment for committing damage and thereby causing loss or damage in the amount of Rs. fifty or more), 435 (Mischief by fire or explosive substance with the intent to cause damage in the amount of Rs. 100 or more), 436 ( mischief by fire or explosive substance with the intention of destroying the house, etc.) and 450 (entering the house with the purpose of committing a crime punishable by life imprisonment) of the IPC”, said the judge.
“All defendants except Farooq could also be tried under Sections 147, 148,153 A, 395,427, 435, 436, 450, 307 (attempted murder) of the IPC read with sections 120 B, 149 (every member of a meeting illegally guilty of a crime committed in pursuit of a common purpose) and 188 (disobedience to an order duly issued by a public servant) of the IPC”, added the judge.
“Faisal Farooq may also be tried for an offense punishable under Sections 147, 148, 307, 395, 427, 435, 436, 450 of the IPC read with 120B of the IPC, and for the offense punishable under Articles 153A and 505 (statements leading to public harm) of the IPC and defendant Mohd Ansar can also be tried for offenses punishable under sections 25 and 27 of the Weapons Act.” said the judge.
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