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Jamia case charge sheet; Sharjeel Imam listed as an instigator

The charge sheet into the 15 December 2019-Delhi violence case doesn’t list any student of Jamia Millia Islamia as an accused.

New Delhi: The Delhi Police has filed a charge sheet in connection with the violence witnessed in South Delhi’s New Friends Colony and area around Jamia Millia Islamia university on December 15 last year. The violence had broken out during the protests being held by Jamia students against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.

The charge sheet was filed in a Delhi court on February 13 but the news was revealed on Tuesday. It has been reported that Jawaharlal Nehru University student Sharjeel Imam, who has been arrested and booked in a sedition case, has also been named in the charge sheet. Sharjeel has been named as an instigator in the Jamia violence case.

The charge sheet doesn’t list any student of Jamia Millia Islamia as an accused. The probe into the case so far has revealed that empty bullet cartridges of a 3.2 mm pistol were found during the violence.

According to police, 18 arrests have so far been made in connection with the incident during which large-scale violence and arson was witnessed. Buses and private vehicles were set on fire by arsonists during the incident.

Of the 18 arrested, nine hail from New Friends Colony and eight from Jamia Nagar area – all of them locals. Sharjeel Imam is the last one to be formally arrested in the case.

The police has mentioned the Popular Front of India (PFI) in the charge sheet and is investigating its role in the violence.

Along with the charge sheet, CCTV footage, call detail records and statements of more than 100 witnesses have been attached as evidence. The Delhi Police is expected to release more photographs for identification of the accused involved in rioting.

According to the police, 95 people were injured during the incident out of which 47 were police personnel. A total of six buses and three private vehicles were damaged during the violence.

The charge sheet was filed in the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gurmohina Kaur, located in Saket, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code including 307 (attempt to murder), 147 (rioting), 186 (obstructing public servant) 353 (assault) and 427 (mischief).

Protests against the newly-enacted Citizenship (Amendment) Act had turned violent on December 15 in Jamia Nagar-NFC area. After rioting, the scene of the standoff had shifted to the Jamia Millia Islamia after the police entered the university to catch rioters who had entered the campus

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