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Northeast Delhi riots: One year later, wounds of violence still fresh

From a 15-year-old who had gone out to purchase chowmein to a 90-year-old sitting inside the security of his house, from an Intelligence Bureau staffer killed metres from his residence to 2 brothers lynched not removed from their doorstep — the riots in Northeast Delhi in 2020 left 53 lifeless.

A yr on, The Indian The Press Reporter tracked down their households and found that wounds from the violence are nonetheless contemporary, compensation has reached most however is effectively in need of what they want and, in lots of circumstances, there’s little consciousness of the place the homicide case stands.

Ankit Sharma (26), Intelligence Bureau staffer

He was stabbed a number of occasions and his physique was found from a drain on February 26. He’s survived by his dad and mom, brother and sister. They’ve now moved from their house in Khajuri Khas to a rented lodging in Ghaziabad.

“We couldn’t bear to remain there any longer. There have been too many reminiscences connected with bhai. The drain from the place he was pulled out is simply 100 metres from our house. It was giving us a whole lot of anxiousness and my dad and mom have already got hypertension and sugar,” mentioned his brother Ankur Sharma.

Ten folks have been arrested. Whereas the household bought Rs 1 crore compensation from the Delhi authorities, a authorities job promised and introduced by the Chief Minister has nonetheless not been given to his brother, they mentioned.

“One yr later, we’re being informed the job continues to be in course of. They’ve mentioned it is going to take 2-Three months. We would like the case to be quick tracked. We additionally anticipated assist from the Central authorities since Ankit was their worker. They simply mentioned they are going to identify a street in Muzaffarnagar district in his identify and set up his statue close to our ancestral village,” mentioned Ankur.

Brothers Hashim Ali (17) and Amir (30), a labourer

On February 26. Hashim known as his household on the telephone and mentioned he and his brother have been 5 minutes away from house, when the 2 have been focused by a mob, which allegedly requested about their faith and beat them to loss of life with stones, cudgel and iron rods.

Police have chargesheeted 9 individuals within the case and a trial is underway.

Their father, Babu Khan (57), is taking care of Amir’s three daughters, the youngest born simply 5 months in the past. The household is Rs 6.5 lakh in debt, although they bought Rs 10 lakh compensation.

“We didn’t see such communal hate in our village in Bulandshahr, the place maybe one may need anticipated it, however we noticed it on this metropolis,” Khan mentioned.

Ratan Lal (42), Head constable with Delhi Police

He died on February 24 in a conflict between a mob and police personnel. Seven folks have been arrested for his homicide.

His spouse Poonam and three youngsters aged 14, 11 and 9 proceed to reside of their house in Burari. “I used to hardly go away the home earlier than, and my husband used to take care of our youngsters’s research and our household. I had a really sheltered life. Now, even whereas I’ve to deal with all the pieces, I get very tense about leaving the house, particularly leaving the youngsters behind,” mentioned Poonam.

The Delhi authorities had introduced a compensation of Rs 1 crore for Lal’s household. Poonam has acquired 60 lakh, whereas his household in Rajasthan acquired Rs 40 lakh. Nevertheless, Poonam mentioned she has not but acquired a job as a authorities college trainer which she had been promised by the Delhi authorities, and has been supporting the household with the compensation quantity. She has additionally been demanding a certificates to declare Lal a martyr.

Akbari Begum (85), Homemaker

Begum died on February 25 inside her household’s house in Gamri when a mob set it on fireplace. The only real lady to have died within the riots, her charred physique was discovered contained in the household house. Six folks have been arrested for her loss of life.

She used to reside together with her son Mohammad Saeed Salmani, his spouse and three youngsters. With their four-storey property burned down, the household of 5 now reside on lease in a one-room flat in Kachi Khajuri paying Rs 5,000 monthly. Certainly one of his daughters is at school X and the opposite in XI. Final March itself, he eliminated them from the non-public college during which they studied and enrolled them in a authorities college. He mentioned that whereas his household acquired the Rs 10 lakh compensation, distributed amongst his seven siblings, from the Delhi authorities, they have been discovered ineligible for the 5 lakh compensation per flooring of his home because of a mortgage insurance coverage together with his financial institution.

“I used to run a clothes manufacturing unit from my home and when it burned down, I suffered a lack of round Rs 5.75 crore. Since I’ve misplaced that, I’ve been unable to restart my enterprise and am dropping hope that I’ll ever be capable to,” he mentioned.

Parvez (48), Businessman

He died on February 25 from a gunshot harm to the chest. He’s survived by his spouse and three sons, and the eldest, Sahil (26), mentioned that he’s now the only real earner for the household with a “showpiece” enterprise. The household has acquired the Rs 10 lakh compensation from the Delhi authorities they usually proceed to reside of their house in Ghonda, close to which Parvez had been shot lifeless.

“My mom doesn’t wish to reside right here however I’ve been pushing for us to proceed staying right here as a result of that is our house, we have been born right here and have at all times been right here… Numerous issues bought disrupted final yr, together with my plans to get married,” mentioned Sahil.

Yusuf (52), Carpenter

He was attacked on February 25 whereas returning to his house in Mustafabad from Noida, the place he had gone for work. He left behind seven youngsters, his spouse and mom. His household has acquired the Rs 10 lakh compensation from the Delhi authorities.

“Our brother Suleiman had additionally been badly assaulted by the mob which had killed our father. We thought we’d get some further compensation because of that however we haven’t… Now two of us brothers are working to help the household, together with my family with a son. I do welding work in Paharganj,” mentioned Azruddin (29), Yusuf’s son.

The household continues to reside of their house in Mustafabad. “The place else would we go? What occurred was about 5 kilometres away from our house. We really feel our quick neighbourhod is protected as a result of all of the households listed here are Muslim,” he mentioned.

Sharif Khan (90)

He choked to loss of life when his household house in Shiv Vihar was set ablaze. The remainder of the household ran out however he was too outdated to take action. The household, comprising his spouse, son Mohammad Azeez, and Azeez’s 5 youngsters, proceed to reside within the house which they’ve renovated. They’ve acquired the compensation of Rs 10 lakh from the Delhi authorities. “I help my household by working as an autorickshaw driver,” mentioned Azeez.

Anwar Kassar (58), animal caretaker

He died in a blaze on February 25, and his household initially had issue in figuring out his charred physique. He lived in Shiv Vihar close to his brother Saleem’s house, and sorted some goats at an adjoining plot. He left behind two daughters who’ve acquired the Delhi authorities’s compensation quantity.

Saleem and his household, together with 5 youngsters, not reside of their Shiv Vihar house and reside on lease in Mustafabad. “My house had been set ablaze, in addition to two autorickshaws, a rickshaw, two automobiles and a workshop I had. I’ve acquired Rs 2.25 lakh as compensation for that whereas my losses amounted to about Rs 80 lakh. Since I misplaced all the pieces with which I earned my livelihood, I now do no matter odd job comes my manner,” he mentioned.

Suleiman (22), Blacksmith

He went lacking on February 25 and his brother recognized his physique three days later in GTB Hospital. Whereas the remainder of his household, comprising his mom, two brothers and two sisters, lived of their village in Hapur, Suleiman travelled to Delhi when work was accessible and stayed in Karawal Nagar. The household has acquired Rs 10 lakh.

“He was the first breadwinner since he earned in Delhi. They don’t have any land and the opposite brothers are incomes by engaged on different folks’s lands,” mentioned Mohammad Javed, their neighbour.

Naresh Saini (32), vegetable vendor

The daddy of two, a five-year-old son and a daughter aged seven, succumbed to bullet accidents on March Four at GTB Hospital. He was shot in entrance of his residence at Brahmapuri throughout the early hours of February 25. “A big mob had attacked our locality. Many individuals had come out to defend the realm in any other case we’d have been killed. Through the violence, he acquired gunshot accidents,” Rajiv Saini, Naresh’s elder brother, mentioned.

The household has acquired the Rs 10 lakh compensation, however that’s too little to compensate for the loss, Rajiv mentioned. “How lengthy will the household be capable to maintain with that quantity? They’ve their complete lives earlier than them. He had even taken a mortgage to assemble a home. The spouse must be a minimum of supplied with a job,” the brother, employed with a personal agency, mentioned.

Ayub Ansari (60), Scrap collector

He died on February 28, together with his son Salman saying he had been crushed to loss of life in Shiv Vihar once they had ventured out to work. The household lives in Loni, Ghaziabad. Rizwan, a good friend, is presently caretaker to 19-year-old Salman who continues to work as a scrap collector. Salman has not but acquired compensation.

“There have been paperwork points as a result of Salman didn’t have paperwork. There have additionally been points with establishing relations within the household. Ayub and Salman’s mom had divorced a few years in the past. Then Ayub had lived with one other lady, with whom he had additionally separated. Neither of them have been in contact with the boy for the reason that incident,” mentioned Rizwan.

Maruf Ali (32), electrician

He was shot lifeless close to his residence on the night time of February 25, abandoning a spouse, a son aged eight and a 10-year-old daughter. He had gone out to examine on his store, mentioned Haroon Ali, 42, his elder brother.

The household has acquired Rs 10 lakh. Nevertheless, they mentioned, the police investigation into Maroof’s loss of life was riddled with gaps. “I named six to seven males whereas submitting the FIR. However the chargesheet has six names, together with that of 4 Muslims, that I didn’t point out in my criticism in any respect. The true culprits are in our neighbourhood they usually haven’t been acted towards. We have been final known as by the SIT in Could and since then we have now not heard from them,” Haroon alleged.

Dinesh Kumar Khatik (34), Non-public job

A resident of Karawal Nagar, he was killed within the violence on February 26. His elder brother Suresh mentioned Dinesh, who left behind a spouse, two sons aged eight and two, and oldsters, succumbed to bullet accidents. The household acquired Rs 10 lakh compensation.

“He was out to fetch milk for his youngsters. As outlets have been closed within the space, he walked up until Mustafabad, the place he was caught within the violence. Now we have no replace on the police investigation,” Suresh, who runs a utensil store, requested.

Firoz Ahmed (35), Garment altering

A resident of Ghaziabad’s Loni, which borders the Northeast district, Ahmed’s physique was present in a drain at Khajuri Khas on March 9, two weeks after he went lacking. Ruksana Bano, his spouse, mentioned Ahmed was the lone incomes member of the household. “He labored at a garment manufacturing unit at Chandni Chowk,” Bano mentioned. The household has acquired Rs 10 lakh compensation from the Delhi authorities.

“I must elevate 5 youngsters, aged between three months and 15 years, alone. I used to be pregnant with our fifth youngster when Ahmed handed away. I’ve named the newborn woman Feroza to maintain his reminiscence alive,” Bano mentioned. She mentioned the household acquired authorized help throughout the preliminary months, however the attorneys steadily “stopped coming”. “A witness named 5 accused within the case however the police didn’t act. Now we have shared our account with the media numerous occasions over the previous few months but it surely appears futile now,” she mentioned.

Nitin Kumar (15), Pupil

Nitin had left his home at Gokulpuri on February 26 to purchase chowmein, although his household had informed him to not enterprise exterior. He died after allegedly being hit by a teargas shell.

Nitin’s father drives a battery rickshaw, working as a transport items service. His son would sometimes assist him out. The household survived the pandemic after some neighbours helped out with the lease.

The household bought Rs 5 lakh compensation — an quantity his father mentioned is barely enough since Nitin additionally contributed at work. His elder sister Pooja (20) regrets not being extra assertive with Nitin that day. “We had informed him to not go away the house since issues have been getting heated up. He was a rebellious child and the apple of our eye,” Pooja mentioned.


From having to take up a job as a home assist to relying on in-laws for a paltry sum to run the home — ladies who misplaced their husbands say they’ve barely been capable of get their lives again on observe over the previous yr. 

Aash Mohd (32), labourer

He was stabbed to loss of life by a mob whereas on his option to work on February 28 and his physique was discovered on March 9. The household has acquired Rs 10 lakh compensation. Aash is survived by his spouse and three youngsters — aged 10, eight and 5 — and a youthful brother. The household nonetheless stays in Dayalpur.

His spouse Sahiba mentioned, “Now we have bought two scholarships for my youngsters. My youngest daughter can’t converse and was present process therapy at a hospital, however after her father’s loss of life, I’ve not been capable of proceed that. I’m attempting to get a job; perhaps on the mahila samiti or stitching.”

9 folks have been arrested within the case.

Prem Singh (27), Rickshaw puller

He was stabbed to loss of life on February 25. The household says two folks have been arrested, they usually have acquired Rs 10 lakh from the federal government and Rs 6 lakh from different organisations. The household continues to reside in Brijpuri. Singh is survived by his youthful brother, mom, spouse and 4 youngsters aged 10, 4, Three and eight months outdated.

Sunita, his spouse, mentioned, “Certainly one of our youngsters was born after his loss of life. Prem’s youthful brother doesn’t have a job. My youngsters are younger so I couldn’t work initially, however now I’ve taken up a job as a home assist.”

Rahul Solanki (26), Pupil

He was shot within the neck and killed on February 24 when he stepped out of his house to purchase milk and groceries. Eight folks have been arrested and the household has acquired Rs 10 lakh as compensation. Solanki is survived by his household of six together with his dad and mom, two siblings, uncle and his spouse.

The household, which lived in Babu Nagar for 30 years, has now shifted subsequent to Karawal Nagar police station, after allegedly receiving threats to vacate.

Solanki’s father Hari Singh Solanki mentioned the final yr has been extraordinarily troublesome. “Quickly after Rahul’s loss of life, my spouse turned paralysed. My brother will quickly want a kidney transplant. I even have respiratory points and have steady joint ache which makes it troublesome to stroll lengthy distances. We’re simply counting moments until loss of life arrives at our doorstep too,” he mentioned. Solanki’s demand is that Rajdhani Faculty, the place his son was shot, be closed down.

Bhure Ali (35), beldaar (labourer)

Ali was crushed to loss of life on February 27-28 and his physique was dumped in a canal. His household mentioned they recognized it on March Three at RML Hospital, and have up to now acquired Rs 10 lakh compensation. Md Rafiq, Ali’s youthful brother, mentioned the household nonetheless lives in Loni. Ali is survived by his dad and mom, two youngsters and a brother; his spouse died six years in the past.

Rafiq mentioned the previous yr has been notably difficult as a result of they tried to get a standing report from the police, however don’t know something concerning the case. The household can’t afford a lawyer: “I’ve gone to Gokulpuri police station a number of occasions, however police informed us the case is with the Crime Department and didn’t give us any particulars. On the Crime Department workplace, we didn’t get something. Now we wish to simply reside peacefully. I’m attempting to earn cash for Bhure’s children. My dad and mom are outdated and may’t work.” Police mentioned 9 folks have been arrested within the case.

Jamaluddin (35), Bakery proprietor

He was with two others when a mob attacked him on February 27. He died on March Three at a hospital. The household says they acquired Rs 10 lakh compensation and have now shifted to Loni since they didn’t really feel protected in Delhi, nor might they afford lease there.

Jamaluddin is survived by his three brothers, dad and mom, spouse and 4 youngsters.

Md Afroz, Jamaluddin’s brother-in-law, mentioned, “We needed to shift. All compensation cash went into constructing our new place. Our bakery was shut after the riots. I now do small labour work. My brothers don’t help the youngsters and our sister.”

No arrest has been made on this case.

Mursalen (26), Manufacturing facility employee, scrap vendor

He went lacking from his house on February 25, following which the household checked three morgues and police lockups. His physique was taken out of a canal on March 12, together with his household saying he was crushed to loss of life. The household acquired Rs 10 lakh compensation, they usually nonetheless reside in Indira Vihar.

Mursalen is survived by his father, 4 siblings, spouse and three children aged seven, 5 and two. Hafizuddin, his brother, mentioned, “I bought a job and handle the youngsters now. Nargis doesn’t have a job, she takes care of the children at house, whereas different relations don’t assist a lot.” 9 folks have been arrested.

Arshad Raza (22), Cell restore store employee

On February 26, Arshad was getting back from work when a mob attacked him at Karawal Nagar toll. His physique was discovered at GTB hospital on March 2. The household acquired Rs 10 lakh compensation and has since shifted from Karawal Nagar to Loni as they didn’t wish to reside in the identical locality. Arshad is survived by six sisters, three brothers and oldsters.

Nasim Alam (50), his father, mentioned. “Police mentioned they haven’t arrested anybody. We don’t really feel protected in Delhi. I’ve issue seeing due to diabetes, so I can’t work. No one is incomes at our house and the compensation isn’t sufficient. We’d like assist; Arshad used to earn for your entire home.”

Mohd Furkan (30), Did handicraft work and ran a godown

He was shot lifeless on February 24 when he went out to get cheese for his youngsters. His physique was discovered the identical day however his spouse was knowledgeable of his loss of life three days later. Furkan is survived by his brother, spouse and two youngsters. The household has acquired Rs 10 lakh compensation.

Firdaus, his spouse, lives with their youngsters at their house in Kardampuri, however says her in-laws need her to go away and haven’t offered her the compensation cash, as a substitute giving her Rs 10,000 a month to purchase ration, pay college charges and run the household. She mentioned, “My in-laws need me to return to my dad and mom. However I don’t wish to go away. I really feel alone now. I can’t sew or cook dinner effectively so I don’t have a job, Furkan’s brother Imran takes care of all the pieces.”

Police have filed a chargesheet towards 4 individuals however Firdaus claims they know two of the accused and they might not have killed Furkan.

Md Muddassar (35), Plastic scrap work

On February 25, he had gone to Crescent Faculty to pay the price of one among his youngsters when riots broke out. He went to his good friend’s home and stayed there. He was shot lifeless when he stepped out the subsequent day.

The household acquired Rs 10 lakh compensation and scholarships for 3 youngsters.

Muddassar is survived by his spouse and eight youngsters, all women, aged between one and 15. His youngest daughter was born 17 days after his loss of life.

His household nonetheless lives in Mustafabad. Imrana (34), his spouse, mentioned, “I by no means needed to fear although we have now eight children. Now, I’m on their lonesome. I opened a beauty store however want extra assets to run it efficiently. My brother-in-law provides me some cash to run our home and handle the youngsters but it surely’s not sufficient. I don’t have a lot help from my in-laws as a result of I’ve women. I want to see them research.”

Shaban (25), Welder

He had left his house in Bhagirathi Vihar on February 24 to choose up a welding machine at Chandbagh. Later within the night, his relations have been knowledgeable he had been shot within the leg, and succumbed to his accidents days later.

His brother Faizan (24), who runs a handbag making unit within the space, mentioned his father wished to marry all three of his sons on the identical time in April final yr. Now, their 15-year-old sister’s psychological situation has deteriorated. “She retains considering of Shaban’s loss of life,” Faizan mentioned.

The household bought Rs 10 lakh compensation, however that cash was spent paying off Shaban’s money owed. “Some folks requested for extra money, with curiosity. My father informed me we should always not hold money owed of a lifeless man,” he mentioned. Police haven’t made any arrests or filed a chargesheet within the case.

Zakir (27), Welder

Zakir used to run a welding unit together with his brother, Gulfam, at Outdated Mustafabad and had left to hope at an area mosque when rioters attacked the place. His brother was later knowledgeable that Zakir succumbed to his accidents after the assault on the mosque.

His mom, Meena, principally stays alone inside their home, sometimes pointing to empty areas. “Even his pillows weren’t left behind. I’m alone now,” she mentioned.

Meena feels embittered as Zakir’s spouse remarried round two months in the past, and claims she left with the compensation of Rs 12 lakh from authorities and personal donors. His spouse refused to remark. Gulfam mentioned, “My brother’s loss of life has made us lonelier.”

Musharraf (30), Driver

He was allegedly pulled out of his house in Bhagwati Vihar, crushed with metal rods and thrown into a fireplace on February 25. His spouse Mallika and their three youngsters witnessed the incident. Mallika says she escaped by placing sindoor on her brow.

The household of 4 had moved to UP’s Loni after the riots however has now shifted to Gokulpuri. “Nothing was left in our home after the riots. Every thing was both damaged or stolen. We needed to transfer,” she mentioned.

They acquired Rs 10 lakh as compensation however their monetary state of affairs continues to be dire. “My eldest daughter was 18 so I bought her married utilizing that cash. However I nonetheless have two youngsters aged 4 and 13 to take care of. I used to work in factories however ever for the reason that pandemic, nobody is giving me a job. The compensation cash will quickly run out,” she mentioned.

A chargesheet has been filed within the case and 9 folks have been arrested up to now.


Heading to hospital, out for work, purchasing for garments — many who have been killed in final yr’s riots have been going about their lives once they have been caught within the violence. A yr later, their households can’t assist however marvel if issues might have been completely different. 

Faizan (23),Labored on the Ghazipur animal market

On February 24, he left his home after riots broke out as he was anxious about his mom not being at house. At eight pm, his household bought to know that Faizan was injured. He succumbed to his accidents three days later.

In a video, Faizan and 4 different males might be seen mendacity injured on the bottom as personnel in police gear compelled them to sing the nationwide anthem and Vande Mataram.

Faizan’s 4 brothers work as each day wage labourers, however the lockdown final yr robbed them of a livelihood. His 4 sisters are married, and Faizan too was because of get married final yr. His mom, Kismatoon (60), mentioned: “I used to sleep subsequent to him. Police bachati hai, magar mere bete ko maara hai unhone (Police are supposed to avoid wasting, however they damage my son).”

The household bought compensation of Rs 10 lakh which was used to marry off the youngest son. No arrest has taken place up to now and the chargesheet is but to be filed.

Vir Bhan (48), denims manufacturing unit

As violence broke out in Maujpur on February 24, nervous relations requested Bhan to hurry house at neighbouring Karawal Nagar. The daddy of three — a son at school II and two teenage daughters — was heading house when he was shot within the head. His physique was handed over to the household after three days, his brother Mukesh mentioned. The household has acquired the Rs 10 lakh compensation.

“The Crime Department had known as us to its workplace to establish the accused. However we couldn’t recognise the boys who have been produced earlier than us. To this point, we have now no replace on the chargesheet. The incident has left the household helpless. They attempt to make ends meet by bringing produce from a small patch of land cultivated at their ancestral village in Bharatpur,” Mukesh mentioned.

Ishtiya Khan (27), ran a welding unit at his home

He had left house after listening to a commotion exterior when he was shot lifeless. His youthful brother Mustaq (23) now manages the welding unit in Mustafabad, although he says demand has been low of late. The household of six, together with Ishtiya’s spouse and two youngsters aged one and 5, rely on Mustaq to outlive. The compensation of Rs 10 lakh has been saved for Khan’s youngsters.

“I used to be asleep when my brother died,” Mustaq mentioned, tossing a welding half right into a heap. He mentioned each he and his mom now undergo from anxiousness.

Salman (24), tailor

Salman’s father Sabir (50) performs two name recordings of his son informing a good friend that stone pelting had begun at Shiv Vihar. “Aa raha huun,” Salman’s phrases ring from the telephone as tears trickle down Sabir’s cheeks. “He by no means made it house.”

On February 24, Salman had left together with his uncle however was caught within the riots round Shiv Vihar. He was shot within the head and died three days later.

Salman used to work in Mustafabad and would journey from Ghaziabad’s Loni on daily basis. His father has arrange a duster-making unit at house, the place he works together with his youthful son. To this point, three males have been arrested within the case. The household acquired the Rs 10 lakh compensation. “The most important issue is that he was our solely help, and that’s gone. We used his cash to purchase a plot of land. We simply need the individuals who did this to be punished,” his father mentioned.

Deepak Kumar (32), employee in a producing unit

He wished to be again house in Bihar throughout Holi. On February 25, he went to Chandni Chowk together with his good friend Vicky to purchase new garments that he would take with him for relations. On his manner again, Deepak was caught and killed by a mob in Gokulpuri. A local of Bhojpur district, Deepak left behind his spouse, two daughters and a son. The household has acquired Rs 10 lakh compensation from the Delhi authorities.

“His spouse, Sarita Devi, is in deep misery; she is but to recuperate from the trauma. The household doesn’t personal any land. She sometimes works on the farms of others. Even Deepak used to do this earlier than shifting to Delhi together with his brother in the hunt for work. He wished to return house throughout Holi with new garments. As an alternative, his lifeless physique reached the village,” mentioned Dev Kumar, Deepak’s cousin. The household has no replace on the police investigation.

Mohsin (22), generator enterprise

Mohsin used to lease out turbines for a dwelling. His household remembers him as a tough employee who by no means missed a day of labor. On February 25, he left his house in Noida to succeed in Northeast Delhi after a generator malfunctioned throughout a marriage reception. He was burnt to loss of life by rioters inside his Alto automotive. His household first acquired one other sufferer’s charred physique however a DNA check performed afterward a second physique ascertained Mohsin’s identification, and the household laid him to relaxation. He’s survived by his three-month-old daughter and spouse who at the moment are taken care of by 4 of Mohsin’s brothers. The compensation acquired by the household of Rs 10 lakh might be used for his daughter’s training.

Shahjawan (25), his brother, who works in a fabrication unit in Hapur, mentioned, “Mohsin used to scold us on a regular basis to work tougher… He by no means wasted time. Police haven’t bothered to even name us as soon as and inform us concerning the investigation. Now we have misplaced confidence. We don’t suppose we’ll get justice.”

Shahid (22), auto driver

He died of a gunshot wound suffered throughout the riots. Married merely three months earlier, he was working additional hours to avoid wasting for the brand new chapter in his life. “Our life is in turmoil since there isn’t any mounted supply of revenue. We aren’t conscious of the police and authorized proceedings within the case,” mentioned Irfan, his brother.

The household acquired Rs 10 lakh compensation from the Delhi authorities. Shahid’s spouse went again to her house in Bulandshahr whereas his dad and mom and brother proceed to reside in Mustafabad. As a result of pandemic, his brother has been out and in of jobs. Police have arrested six individuals and a chargesheet has been filed.

Mohammad Shahbaz (24), welder

Hailing from Loni, he was in Karawal Nagar on February 25 for a hospital go to when he was caught within the riots. A charred physique present in the identical space was later recognized as his. “We by no means discovered the entire physique. There was only a charred physique and a DNA check was carried out,” mentioned Safi Ahmed, Shahbaz’s father.

He’s survived by 4 sisters and a brother, who reside in Ghaziabad. The Rs 10 lakh compensation by the Delhi authorities has offered short-term aid, however the elder son has not been capable of finding a everlasting job up to now. 5 individuals have been arrested in reference to the homicide.

Rahul Thakur (25), getting ready for CCS exams

Because the riots have been raging, Thakur had stepped out of his house in Brijpuri to see what was taking place on February 25. He was shot in his chest, and died on the spot, only a few metres away from house. The household has acquired Rs 10 lakh as compensation.

Thakur left behind his dad and mom, elder brother, sister-in-law and a niece who proceed to remain in the identical home. “The final one yr has been very difficult. I attempt to distract myself by organising kirtans however my mom has slipped into melancholy. I’ve a small store the place I promote pooja samagri; that’s the one supply of revenue. If I get a authorities job, life could be so much simpler,” mentioned his brother Yogesh Thakur.

Aman (18), tea manufacturing unit employee

The Seelampur resident had gone to fetch a packet of milk when he was caught within the riots and suffered a gunshot wound. “He didn’t know the violence was so intense and there was firing. He suffered a bullet harm within the head, docs mentioned he died on the spot. He was an trustworthy employee and was not at any fault. And but he met such an finish,” mentioned Rihana, Aman’s mom.

He used to offer part of his earnings to fund the training of his two sisters. In Aman’s absence, his mom is offering for the household by taking on a sewing job. The household has not been capable of afford a lawyer and says they haven’t been contacted by police for the final one yr. Twelve folks have been arrested in reference to the case.

Aftab, 21, welder

Hailing from Noorpur, he took up a job at a welding store in Shiv Vihar throughout his research break to earn cash for his sister’s marriage ceremony. “He had simply began working in that store… Since February 24 night, we couldn’t hint him. Almost every week later, we have been requested to return to RML Hospital the place we recognized his physique. All he wished was to earn somewhat additional,” mentioned his brother Firoz Khan.

The household acquired Rs 10 lakh compensation from the Delhi Authorities. He’s survived by his dad and mom and sister, who proceed to reside in Bijnor. The household mentioned they couldn’t afford a lawyer, and Aftab’s dad and mom are being sorted by relations.


The widespread chorus amongst relations of many riot victims: Need justice however can’t afford a lawyer, need harshest punishment for the accused however don’t know establish them.

Dilbar Negi (21), sweets store employee

Dilbar labored in Anil Candy Store at Chaman Park and was returning house on February 24 when a mob of 200 surrounded him and different employees. He allegedly tried to cover in a retailer adjoining to the sweets store however the mob cornered him.

“We don’t know what precisely occurred however his telephone was switched off on February 24 night. We later got here to know he was attacked by a mob when he was getting back from the bakery. His burnt physique was discovered on one of many flooring. It has been very onerous for us,” mentioned Devinder Singh, Dilbar’s brother.

Dilbar’s three different siblings are presently in Uttarakhand’s Pauri Garhwal and have acquired Rs 10 lakh compensation. Delhi Police has filed an in depth chargesheet figuring out 12 accused in connection together with his homicide.

Hamza (25), ran a Chinese language meals kiosk

A resident of Meerut, he had gone to Delhi three months earlier than the riots to earn a dwelling. He stayed together with his sister, brother-in-law and their two youngsters in Mustafabad. Hamza went lacking on February 26, and his physique was recovered from a drain on March Three with severe harm wounds to his head and face. A chargesheet has been filed and 9 folks have been arrested. The household acquired Rs 10 lakh from the Delhi authorities.

Hamza’s elder brother Sameer mentioned their sister in Delhi shifted together with her household to Surat, the place they have been earlier settled, following the riots. At Meerut, Hamza has left behind a household of seven brothers and sisters and his dad and mom. “Dropping their son has taken a large toll on our dad and mom. My father was recognized with oral most cancers six months after Hamza’s loss of life. This additionally led to growing monetary burdens on us, particularly with our confectionary store in Meerut dealing with extreme losses throughout the pandemic. We simply need the culprits to be punished,” mentioned Sameer.

Irfan (25), manufacturing unit employee

A manufacturing unit employee who reduce college luggage for a dwelling, Irfan was crushed to loss of life on February 26 in Kartar Nagar when he had stepped out to purchase milk and medicines. He was taken to a hospital, the place he died. The household has acquired Rs 10 lakh compensation.

Irfan is survived by his dad and mom, spouse and two youngsters. The household nonetheless stays in Kartar Nagar with relations, however are managing life with nice issue. “Simply two-three months after his loss of life, Irfan’s father additionally handed away. He was underneath a whole lot of trauma. His mom additionally doesn’t hold effectively. No matter they earn is as a result of Irfan’s spouse is working as a tailor. Our solely demand now’s that we should always get justice,” mentioned his cousin Mohd Sadiq, with whom the household stays.

Monish (25), labourer

He was shot and attacked on February 25 close to Dayalpur whereas he was on his manner from Samaypur Badli, after assembly his father, and heading to Outdated Mustafabad, the place his uncle was staying. He was taken to GTB Hospital however succumbed to his accidents on March 1. A chargesheet and supplementary chargesheet have been filed within the case. Seven folks have been arrested and are in judicial custody.

Monish’s brother-in-law Mohd Sagir mentioned the uncle and father proceed to reside in the identical houses. At Samaypur Badli, Monish has left behind a joint household of 15 members. The household has acquired Rs 10 lakh compensation.

Sagir mentioned tragedy has struck the household repeatedly after Monish’s loss of life: “His sister and nephew fell down from the terrace and sustained severe accidents. His mom, a vegetable vendor, additionally had an accident and fractured her hip.

Financially too, we’re in a nasty spot since we’re all labourers. Quite a lot of the compensation cash went in Monish’s final rites and surviving the lockdown. The federal government ought to give us a job.”

Mubarak Hussain (28), labourer

He was shot in his chest and died on the spot in Babarpur’s Vijay Park on February 25. Hussain was staying alone in Delhi, together with his household residing in Bihar’s Madhubani district. He’s survived by his dad and mom and three siblings. The household has acquired Rs 10 lakh compensation. “No one in my household is de facto able to earn a dwelling. We’re poor labourers. Mubarak was the only real breadwinner; I’m bodily disabled. My spouse developed hypertension after Mubarak’s loss of life. She simply retains crying or providing namaaz. Every thing has modified in our lives,” mentioned his father Mohd Ibrahim.

Vinod Kumar (51), DJ at weddings

For the Brahmpuri resident, the choice to step out to purchase medicines for his grandson as violence engulfed the neighbourhood proved deadly. He was crushed to loss of life by a mob in his personal locality. Video clips of his lifeless physique being dragged away to security by his son, Nitin Kumar, have been broadly circulated on the time.

A yr later, Nitin, who additionally suffered extreme accidents throughout the violence, is a damaged man. “Compensation for his loss of life has been given. However we have now not acquired a single penny for the accidents I suffered. My bike was set afire by the mob. No compensation has been prolonged for that loss,” mentioned Nitin, who stays together with his spouse, youngsters and mom.

Jamil Qureshi (30), non-public job

A resident of Mustafabad, Jamil has left behind his spouse and two daughters aged two and 5. Naseem, Jamil’s brother-in-law, mentioned the spouse, Shahnaz, now stays together with her household, alleging that the in-laws took away her jewelry and cash after Jamil’s loss of life. “The Rs 10 lakh compensation was issued in her identify so that is still together with her. However she has to boost her daughters and handle herself with this quantity. The youthful daughter is unwell and desires medical consideration as she will be able to’t stroll correctly,” mentioned Naseem.

The household mentioned a lawyer, whose identify they don’t bear in mind, assisted them initially however presently they don’t have any info associated to the homicide case.

Babbu Salmani (34), auto driver

Babbu was killed by a mob close to Khajuri Khas round 2 pm on February 25. He left behind a spouse, who has psychological disabilities, two sons, aged one and 4, and a daughter aged six.

Babbu had taken his auto out when a mob caught and thrashed him and set the three-wheeler afire. “A mob has no face so we don’t know who beat him. However I had filed an FIR towards unknown individuals,” Pappu, Babbu’s elder brother, mentioned.

Babbu died on February 27 at GTB Hospital. Pappu mentioned police have verbally knowledgeable them {that a} chargesheet has been filed. “However we have now not engaged a lawyer. Crime Department officers have been in contact until about two months again,” Pappu mentioned. He mentioned utilizing the compensation from the federal government and help offered by different organisations, the household purchased a home in Khajuri Khas and gave one flooring for lease.

Ashfaq Husain (22), Electrician

Ashfaq had bought married simply 11 days earlier than the riots. He was working as an electrician in a small store when clashes broke out. “He was a easy, God-fearing man… He was surrounded by a mob which ascertained his identification earlier than killing him. He was attacked with a sword and shot six occasions. What was his fault?” alleged Mirza, Ashfaq’s brother.

As Ashfaq’s household and residents of Baghirathi Vihar discovered about his loss of life, the very first thing his father did was rush to the native temple to protect it so communal violence wouldn’t escalate. The household has acquired Rs 10 lakh. “Police are asking for witnesses of the crime; how can one discover witnesses when he was killed by a mob,” mentioned Mirza.

Police have arrested 5 individuals in reference to Ashfaq’s homicide.

Akib (18), scholar

Akib was getting ready for a cousin’s marriage ceremony and buying in Bhajanpura when he was caught within the violence. “He had no clue what the environment was like after stone-pelting in Maujpur. He had gone to gather garments when he bought caught. He sustained an harm to the pinnacle and was taken to a close-by hospital. I took him to GTB hospital by which period he had handed away,” mentioned Wasim, Akib’s brother.

Akib was the youngest of 5 siblings and was finding out at a college in Bhajanpura.

Amin (18), each day wager

He had shifted to Mustafabad from his village in rural Hathras to earn a dwelling, months earlier than the riots. He suffered head harm within the violence. “For the longest time, we didn’t know what had occurred to him. We tried making calls to a different relative on February 26 who additionally couldn’t discover him. On March 12, we got here to know that he had died at GTB Hospital. It was via one other person who we bought to see his physique 35 days later. We simply know he was killed within the riots…,” mentioned Sauddin, his father (55), who rears animals for a dwelling in Hathras.

The household acquired Rs 5 lakh compensation and mentioned they couldn’t afford a lawyer.

Mehtab (20), building employee

He hailed from Brijpuri and had gone out to purchase milk when he was caught within the violence. “When Mehtab stepped out, riots had not taken place in Brijpuri and it was comparatively calm. However the state of affairs deteriorated rapidly. He noticed that one lane was blocked and he took one other route close to the home. It was there that he was caught by a mob and crushed to loss of life. We’re but to return to phrases with what occurred,” mentioned Yasmin, Mehtab’s sister-in-law.

The Rs 10 lakh compensation has been serving to Mehtab’s six siblings over the previous one yr with their training. 5 folks have been arrested.

Reporting by Amil Bhatnagar, Anand Mohan J, Aranya Shankar, Jignasa Sinha, Mahender Singh Manral, Sourav Roy Barman & Sukrita Baruah

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