New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday (January 18, 2022) granted bail to six accused in connection with the murder of Dilbar Negi in Gokulpuri during the anti-Hindu riots in north-east Delhi in February 2020. They were accused of ransacking and setting fire to a sweet shop where Dilbar Negi of Uttarakhand lost his life due to fire and injuries. An FIR was registered against them under sections 147, 148, 149, 302, 201, 436 and 427 of IPC at Gokulpuri police station.
According to media reports, Justice Subramanian Prasad has filed a case against Mohammad Tahir, Shah Rukh, Md. Faisal, Md. Shoaib, Rashid and Parvez have been granted bail. The deceased Dilbar Singh Negi worked as a waiter in Anil sweet corner. All the accused were booked for sabotage and setting fire to the sweet shop. During the hearing, the prosecution strongly opposed the bail of the accused. The prosecution said that where the riots started in the morning and continued till late in the night, it cannot be said that the accused were involved in the rioting mob in the afternoon or in the stone-pelting mob during the night.
Dilbar Negi, 22, was felled to death by a mob of rioters in Gokulpuri, Delhi. Negi had come to Delhi for a job from his native state Uttarakhand six months before the incident. According to Delhi Police, there was a riot near Shiv Vihar Tiraha on February 24 in which the accused pelted stones, ransacked them and set several shops on fire there. Two days later, Dilbar Negi's mutilated charred body was recovered from a sweet shop. It is said that even when people saw the body, it was still burning. The local police started investigating the case after a case was registered at Gokulpuri police station. However, further investigation was transferred to the crime branch SIT. According to media reports, 12 accused were arrested in the case during the investigation. The chargesheet was filed on 4th June 2020 after the investigation.
According to the chargesheet, a mob of the Muslim community came from Brijpuri Pulia in northeast Delhi and started violence targeting Hindu properties and the mob continued to set fire till late in the night of February 24. Police said the mob had set fire to a shop called Anil Sweets from where police found Dilbar Negi's body on February 26. At the time of the murder, Negi had gone to the shop godown for lunch and rest, where he was hacked to death by rioters. In February 2020, at least 53 people lost their lives in three days of anti-Hindu riots in northeast Delhi, while more than 200 people were seriously injured.