New Delhi, Jan 20: In first sentencing, 25-year-old Dinesh Yadav, first person convicted in connection with the Delhi riots, was sentenced to five-years in jail on Thursday. Notably, this is the first sentencing in the riots cases.
Yadav was convicted of being part of an unlawful assembly who set the house on fire during violence in northeast Delhi in 2020. He was arrested on June 8, 2020. He was convicted by the additional sessions judge Virender Bhat on December 6, 2021, under the charges dealing with unlawful assembly, rioting, arsoning, robbery and house trespassing.
Yadav's defence counsel, advocate Shikha Garg was quoted as saying that a detailed order on sentencing is awaited. The defence counsel also said that a fine of Rs 12,000 was imposed against Yadav.
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Delhi Police through Special Public Prsoecutor R C S Bhadoria stated that Yadav was an active member of the riotous mob and arsoning 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.
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Delhi Police in a press statement stated that first conviction order which has been issued in respect of North-East Riot Cases. The matter pertains to Gokallpuri police station under the offence punishable under sections 143/147/148/457/392/436/IPC read with section 149 IPC.
More than 750 cases were registered over the northeast Delhi violence, in which at least 53 people were killed and several others were injured.