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Delhi Riots: Suresh’s kin, acquitted in Delhi riots case, was arrested for not wearing a mask in lockdown

Delhi Riots: Suresh's kin, acquitted in Delhi riots case, was arrested for not wearing a mask in lockdown

New Delhi
Going out on the road without wearing a mask to visit his friend during the Kovid lockdown Suresh It was very costly to him and not only he but his family also had to go through such a bad situation for about 10 months which they did not even anticipate. Suresh had to go to jail on serious charges including rioting, but eventually, the court acquitted him. The court acquitted him on Tuesday. But, he had to spend 10 months of his life in jail. He was arrested by the police on April 7, 2020 and got bail from the court on February 25, 2021. Suresh’s sister Renu claimed that the police had caught him for not wearing a mask.

Renu claimed, ‘Lockdown was in force and my brother was taken to the police station for not wearing a mask. When our parents went to the police station, the police scolded them explaining the importance of wearing masks. He said, ‘The next day they (parents) again went to the police station, but it was learned that he (Suresh) had been sent to Tihar. After two months we got the chargesheet, and to our surprise, we came to know that the brother has been accused of rioting.

The family’s permanent source of income ended due to Suresh’s arrest. Suresh’s father drives an e-rickshaw, his mother used to work as a domestic help, but stopped working last year after being ill for about six months. Renu, who left school midway, is currently unemployed. Renu said, ‘We could not get our brother’s surety of Rs 15,000 to be deposited. We didn’t have that much status.’

According to lawyer Rajiv Pratap Singh, who appeared for Suresh in the court, during the Kovid epidemic, the entire family somehow managed to survive only on the father’s income. Police had claimed that Suresh, along with a mob of rioters carrying sticks and iron bars, allegedly broke the locks of a shop located on Delhi’s Babarpur Road on the evening of February 25 and robbed it. However, Suresh has been acquitted by the court.

On March 9, 2021, Suresh was booked under Indian Penal Code sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 427 (bullying), 454 (attempt to enter someone’s house forcibly) and 395 (dacoity) etc. Charges were framed under In the court, Suresh had said that he would face trial, stating himself innocent. Discharging Suresh, Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat on Tuesday said the prosecution has not been successful in proving the case against the accused. In February 2020, 53 people were killed in the riots in North-East Delhi against the Citizenship Act.