Weapons Used In Delhi Riots Were Brought From Meerut

The communal riots in northeast Delhi were heavily armed with country-made pistols, swords, hammers, sickles, baseball bats, sticks and large stones.

Jessica David

September 14, 2020

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Doctors at the Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital and Jag Parvesh Chandra Hospital said that the people killed and injured in the Delhi riots over February 24 and 25, have wounds caused by bullets, sharp blades, stones, drill bit, blunt objects and burns. Of the 27 killed, at least 14 died of gunshot wounds. The wounds and eye-witnesses’ accounts from various riot-hit spots in north-east Delhi, point out how the mobs that led the communal riot were heavily armed with country-made pistols, swords, hammers, sickles, baseball bats, sticks and large stones.

Police suspect that the country-made pistols used in the clashes may have been brought to Delhi from parts of western Uttar Pradesh. A leading newspaper interviewed several masked rioters who claimed to have come from Uttar Pradesh, largely, areas such as Meerut, Shamli and Muzaffarnagar. Police records also show that criminal gangs in north-east Delhi have easy access to weapons. The image of a man identified as Shahrukh, pointing a pistol at a police officer went viral. The man, who is absconding, was caught on video firing several rounds.

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