A Delhi court has also convicted a man who sheltered Shahrukh Pathan after he was convicted when he allegedly fired a gun at a policeman during the riots in northeast Delhi last year. Tankar had fled.

According to the police, Shahrukh Pathan allegedly pointed a pistol at Delhi Police Head Constable Deepak Dahiya on 24 February 2020 with the intention of killing him. Pathan had absconded after pictures of the incident went viral on social media and was arrested from the bus stand in the Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh on March 3, 2020. He is currently lodged in Tihar Jail.

Police claimed that Pathan after absconding had taken shelter in the house of convict Kalim Ahmed in Shamli, which is confirmed by his mobile phone location. According to the police, Pathan stayed at Ahmed’s house from February 26-27 to March 3. Ahmed had also helped the riot accused in buying a new mobile phone.

Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Amitabh Rawat had on December 7 framed charges against him under IPC section 216 (granting shelter to an offender who has escaped from custody).

The judge said that in the presence of Kaleem Ahmed’s counsel, he was informed about the accused voluntarily in the Hindi language, and the accused voluntarily accepted the charge leveled against him. The judge will hear arguments on the issue of sentencing him on December 16. The maximum punishment under this section is imprisonment up to seven years and a fine.

Meanwhile, five other accused in the case, including Shahrukh Pathan, have pleaded innocent. Charges of rioting and attempt to murder have been framed against Pathan.

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Significantly, in February 2020, communal clashes took place in North-East Delhi between supporters of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and its protesters. The violence left at least 53 people dead and over 700 injured.