The Delhi Police has named activist Yogendra Yadav in chargesheet for the case of the murder of police constable Ratan Lal. Lal was murdered during the Northeast Delhi riots earlier this year which saw large scale attacks on local Hindus and their properties in the area.
Along with Yadav, student leader Kawalpreet Kaur and advocate DS Bindra also found a mention in the chargesheet. Though the names bames of the three do not feature in the list of 17 accused. It however suggests an hidden hudden agenda to intentionally provoke violence in the area. “Links of the organisers of the (Chand Bagh) protest site with the likes of D S Bindra (AIMIM), Kawalpreet Kaur (AISA), Devangana Kalita (Pinjra Tod), Safoora, Yogendra Yadav, etc itself indicates a hidden agenda behind the violence”, the Indian Express quoted the chargesheet.
“Serious communal riots took place in Northeast Delhi, in which more than 750 cases were registered, 53 persons lost their lives, including head constable Rattan Lal of the Delhi Police,” the chargsheet says.
““Lal, along with ACP (Gokalpuri) and DCP (Shahdara) and some other police officials, was present closest to the protest site at Chand Bagh. Apparently, during the attack by mob, he could not jump over the five-feet-tall divider on the Wazirabad road, and collapsed after being shot at and hit by stones,” the chargesheet states further.
All 17 accused in Lal’s murder are between the age of 18 and 50 years. While most of them are from Chand Bagh, some live in the neighbouring Mustafabad, Jagat Puri and Prem Nagar.
Yadav’s name also features in the chargsheet in a statement by a witness from the protest site. “Protest started here. People from outside were called and advocate Bhanu Pratap, Bindra, Yadav and many students of JNU, Jamia and DU used to come, who used to speak against the government and NRC and would say that Muslims should be anxious. This continued from January to February 24, for 50 days”.