On Wednesday, the body of an Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer was recovered from a drain in Jafrabad area – an area which is amongst the worst hit by the violence in NorthEast Delhi. In the violent acts which have engulfed Delhi since Sunday, at least 23 people have lost their lives in just 3 days and around 200 people have received injuries.
Ankit Sharma worked as a Security Assistant at Intelligence Bureau was on his way back to his home on Tuesday evening when, allegedly, he was attacked by a mob on the Chand Bagh bridge. Before throwing him into the drain, he was beaten to death.
His family had been on his lookout since Tuesday, the day he went missing.
After his body was recovered on Wednesday, Ravinder Sharma, Ankit’s father, accused supporters of a leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for attacking his son and then killing him. Ravinder Sharma, too, works with IB. Ravinder Sharma told the police that after being beaten, Ankit was shot.
Ankit Sharma’s body has been sent for autopsy.
Today, Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister, Delhi, tweeted in reaction to the news of the killing and wrote, “Such a tragic loss of life. The culprits must not be spared. 20 people have already lost their lives. So painful to watch people of Delhi suffering. Praying that we recover from this tragedy soon n work together to undo damage done to people n communities”.
Delhi High Court called the death of martyr Ankit Sharma as “unfortunate”.
In the NorthEast region of Delhi on Monday, the violence went out of hands, so much so that even a video of a man named “Shahrukh” emerged where he was caught on camera firing bullets in front of an unarmed police officer.
Another policeman, Ratan Lal was martyred in this violence where it was earlier assumed that he died in stone pelting but was later found after a post-mortem at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in Dilshad Gardens that he died of a bullet wound where the bullet entered from one shoulder and was recovered from the other.
The violence started just 1 day before US’s President, Donald Trump was to visit India on a 2 days official trip. Today, PM Narendra Modi urged the people of Delhi to “maintain peace and brotherhood”. He wrote, “Peace and harmony are central to our ethos. I appeal to my sisters and brothers of Delhi to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times. It is important that there is calm and normalcy is restored at the earliest”.
Peace and harmony are central to our ethos. I appeal to my sisters and brothers of Delhi to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times. It is important that there is calm and normalcy is restored at the earliest.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 26, 2020