Delhi violence: Man held for hatching conspiracy to incite communal riots
The accused has been identified as Mohd Danish, a resident of Trilokpuri area. He is suspected to be a member of the Popular Front of India that has been accused of funding protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act.
A 33-year-old man, suspected to be a member of the Popular Front of India (PFI), was arrested on Monday for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to incite the communal riots in Northeast Delhi, the police said.
The accused has been identified as Mohd Danish, a resident of Trilokpuri area. The arrest was made by the Special Cell of Delhi Police. The PFI, which is an alleged radical group, has been accused of funding protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
At least 53 people died in the recent riots between Hindus and Muslims over the amended citizenship law. Reports, citing information from hospitals, said that 44 deaths were reported from the Guru Tegh Bahadur (GTB) hospital, followed by five from the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital, three at the Lok Nayak (LNJP) hospital and one at the Jag Pravesh Chandra Hospital.
The contentious CAA act seeks to grant citizenship to migrants belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian, Jain and Parsi communities who came to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan on or before December 31, 2014.
The CAA came into force in India in December. Post that, there have been widespread protests in the country against the act which many claim is “discriminatory” on religious grounds as it apparently excludes Muslims.
But the BJP government maintains that the act is meant for minorities persecuted in three neighbouring countries due to their faith.