Delhi Riots: Constable Ratan Lal was beaten to death by mob, Mohammad Khalid arrested
Delhi Riots: Constable Ratan Lal was beaten to death by mob, Mohammad Khalid arrested

New Delhi: Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested Mohammad Khalid from Manipur. Khalid was accused in the murder of head constable Ratan Lal during the 2020 anti-Hindu riots in north-east Delhi. The police had also announced a reward of one lakh on him. In the interrogation of the police, he has accepted that there was a secret meeting at his house before the riots. Khalid has told that in this meeting it was decided to collect sticks, iron rods etc.

According to the report, Special Commissioner of Crime Branch, Ravindra Singh Yadav has informed that, 'Information was received that Mohammad Khalid was hiding in Manipur. Acting on this, he was arrested near the Indo-Myanmar border. During interrogation, he has told that in the year 2020, he was involved in the anti-CAA-NRC protest in Delhi's Chand Bagh area along with his elder brother Mohammad Ayaz and others. A secret meeting was held at his house for the riots. In this meeting, it was decided to collect bricks and stones to block the road and to collect sticks and iron rods for violence.

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Let us tell you that during the violence, the rioters had blocked the road leading to Jaffrabad metro station. Along with this, an attempt was made to block the road to Wazirabad by gathering a large crowd at the place of protest in Chand Bagh. When the police tried to stop them, other rioters, including Mohammad Khalid and his brother Ayaz, attacked the police while pelting stones. In this attack, head constable Ratan Lal lost his life and many other policemen were injured. Head constable Ratanlal was beaten to death by a mob of fanatics. The then DCP of Shahdara Amit Sharma and the then ACP of Gokulpuri Anuj Kumar were also badly injured in the attack. Along with them, 50 other policemen were also injured.

In this regard, the police had registered an FIR against Mohammad Khalid and others at Dayalpur police station in Delhi. After which Khalid was absconding for the last 3 years. Due to his role in the riots and absconding for a long time, the police had also announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh on him. His brother Ayaz was arrested by the Delhi Police on June 21 this year. Ayaz is involved in the mastermind of the murder of head constable Ratan Lal.

Let us tell you that in February 2020, fierce riots broke out in Delhi in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). In the riots, Muslims mainly targeted Hindus and attacked in many ways including firing, petrol bombs, knives, swords, stone pelting. More than 50 people had lost their lives and hundreds of people were injured in this riot. Let us inform that during the anti-Hindu riots of Delhi, on 24 February 2020, a Muslim mob attacked the police force in Maujpur area. Delhi Police's 42-year-old Head Constable Ratan Lal had attained Veergati in this attack. 

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Why are Delhi riots called anti-Hindu riots?

Let us tell you that the 2020 riots are called anti-Hindu riots because Tahir Hussain, the main accused of the riots and former councilor of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), has himself confessed that he hatched this conspiracy to teach a lesson to Hindus. . He had broken the CCTVs of the area and asked his men to collect sticks and weapons. Whereas, on the other hand, the Hindus did not even know that preparations were going on for many days to attack them. Unconcerned about any untoward incident, when Hindus were attacked, they could not even save themselves. Hindu shops were set on fire, looted and stone pelting started. 53 people were killed in these riots, while more than 200 were injured. Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer Ankit Sharma was also murdered in the same anti-Hindu riots, 400 knife marks were found on his body. That is, the hatred was to such an extent that, Ankit was continuously being stabbed even after his death, his body was found in a drain near the house of former AAP councilor Tahir Hussain. In fact, the court which framed charges against Tahir Hussain has itself said that the aim of the mob was to kill and harm Hindus only. At the same time, the then AAP councilor himself has accepted that his aim was to teach a lesson to Hindus. 

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