Thursday, May 30, 2024

‘Conspirators got their funds from as far out as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman’

(In an earlier piece, we narrated who the conspirators were of terrible Delhi riots, how did they plan, and the name of Shaheen Bagh and over 300 Muslim women in the police charge sheet. Here we detail how they got the funds). 

Around Rs 1.61 crores were transferred through banks or cash to ex-Congress councillor Ishrat Jahan, activist Khalid Saifi, suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, Shifa-ur-Rehman (president, Alumni Association of Jamia Millia Islamia) and Meeran Haider (a Jamia Millia Islamia student) between December 1, 2019 and February 26, 2020 as per the Delhi Police charge sheet.

The charge sheet further states: “Out of the total Rs 1.61 crore, Rs 1,48,01,186 was withdrawn as cash and spent in managing the protest sites as well to execute the conspiracy hatched in riots in Delhi.”

Jahan received Rs 5.41 lakhs on December 10. She got another Rs 4 lakh from a Corporation Bank. On January 10, there was a cash deposit of Rs 1.41 lakhs in her account by herself.

“During investigation, it was found that Jahan had used this money to manage protest sites and in purchasing weapons through accused Abdul Khalid. The weapons were used during the riots,” police alleged.

Police also probed two bank accounts belonging to Tahir Hussain’s company and one belonging to a company owned by his brother-in-law and partners.

“It was found that the accused Tahir Hussain has converted Rs 20 lakh into cash from this account also. From the statement of the witnesses… and from the disclosure statement of the accused Tahir Hussain, it was found that he had spent huge amount of cash in running the protests, mobilising people for riots and procuring materials, which was later used in the riots.”

Police stated that the Alumni Association of Jamia Millia Islamia (AAJMI) “played a crucial role through its president Shifa-Ur-Rehman in the protests and riots”.

“During investigation, accused Rehman disclosed that he had deposited Rs 50,000 in cash amount in the account of AAJMI through someone whose name he could not remember. He had withdrawn Rs 70,000 from this account for the expenses of the ongoing protests,” the charge sheet states.

“Office of AAJMI was raided and documents were seized. During the analysis of the documents, it was found that AAJMI had received Rs 7,60,000 as cash during this period (December 1,2019-February 26,2020). It was found that out of the total amount, Rs 5,55,000 was received from the alumni working abroad, that is Saudi, UAE, Oman and Qatar,” the charge sheet read.

During verification of seized documents, alleged fake bills and expenses in the name of AAJMI to the tune of Rs 1,69,554 were found.

Meeran Haider received “Rs 86,644 in his bank account through online transfer” from December 1, 2019, to February 26, 2020. On April 6, 2020, a register was seized from Haider’s room in which it was found that he had received Rs 4,82,500”, police state.

 “During investigation, it was found that he distributed Rs 2,86,000 to the Muslim community for the purpose of instigation of riots,” states the charge sheet.


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