First sentencing in Delhi’s riots, man gets 5 years in jail

The first sentencing in the Delhi’s riots case came after a court in the national capital decided to punished Dinesh Yadav, one of the main convict of this riot with a sentence of 5 years.

Yadav is the first person convicted in connection with the February 2020 riots; in December last year, additional sessions judge Virender Bhatt had held him accountable for being part of a riotous mob that set the said house ablaze. Yadav’s sentencing today, condemning him to five years in prison, was also pronounced by Justice Bhatt.

The prosecution held that Yadav was an “active member of the riotous mob” and participated in vandalising and putting on fire the house of a 73-year-old woman named Manori on February 25 night.

Manori had alleged that a mob of around 150-200 rioters attacked her house when her family was not present and looted all the articles and even the buffalo.

According to excerpts published by Bar and Bench, the court noted, “The fact that the accused also belongs to the Hindu community and was present in the mob armed with a wooden rod which mob resorted to violence against the Muslims, indicates that he shared the common object of the unlawful assembly.”

Communal clashes had broken out in northeast Delhi in February 2020, after the violence between the Citizenship (Amendment) Act supporters and its protesters spiraled out of control leaving at least 53 people dead and over 700 injured.

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