In the chargesheet for the First Information Report (FIR) 59/2020 Crime Branch “Kilo”, a protected witness whose name has been concealed, said he attended a meeting where prominent political activists who protested against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) spoke like cartoon villains disclosing their evil master plans.
“Our mission has been successful,” the witness alleges he heard Yogendra Yadav, the founder of Swaraj Abhiyan, say. “By orchestrating these riots we have shown our strength to the central government.”
To which Nadeem Khan, co-founder of United Against Hate, a platform for social activists, allegedly said, “Yogendra ji, now it is essential that we pin the blame for this violence on someone else. It is best we put pressure on the Delhi Chief Minister to put all the blame on the Delhi Police.”
Kilo, who has made these claims in a sworn affidavit before a magistrate, claims that he was called to the meeting by documentary filmmaker Rahul Roy. The meeting was held at about 4:00 PM on 25 February 2020, when violence was still raging in northeast Delhi.
Documentary filmmaker Saba Dewan was also present in the room, Kilo said in his affidavit to the magistrate.
Now, in interviews with HuffPost India, Yogendra Yadav and other activists who were present at the meeting have disputed Kilo’s characterisation of the events.
Five witnesses from the meeting have contradicted Kilo’s claims and told HuffPost India that the meeting was called to organise emergency relief for Hindu and Muslim victims of the worst communal conflagration in the National Capital in a quarter of a century. These witnesses pointed to a resolution, included in the voluminous chargesheet, Whatsapp messages, to support their contentions.
Justice S Muralidhar’s famous midnight order directing the Delhi police to ensure safe passage for ambulances was an outcome of the coordination efforts that followed this meeting, those present said.
“This is so utterly absurd,”...