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Delhi violence: Court frames attempted murder charges against man who pointed gun at policeman

A court in Delhi on Tuesday framed charges against Shahrukh Pathan, the man who was seen pointing a gun at a policeman during the February 2020 violence in the Capital, Live Law reported.

Photos of Pathan holding the gun on a street in North East Delhi had gone viral on social media.

Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat on Tuesday also framed charges against Shamim, Abdul Shehzad, Ishtiyaq Malik and Kaleem Ahmed. Pathan, Shamim, Shehzad and Malik have been charged for attempted murder, rioting, obstructing a public servant and unlawful assembly.

Pathan has also been charged with sections 25 and 27 of the Arms Act, which deal with illegally using guns. Ahmed has been charged for harbouring an offender.

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The court reportedly said that it was apparent that Pathan led a group of rioters who targeted Head Constable Deepak Dahiya, according to The Indian Express. The judge referred to video footage showing that Pathan raised his pistol straight and not sideways, and aimed for Dahiya’s head.

“Usually after firing or pulling the trigger, there is a jerk, and the hands and pistol are raised because of it,” the judge said. “Thus, even the video shows that firing by the accused Shahrukh Pathan from the pistol in daylight was with an aim to kill Dahiya.”

Pathan’s lawyer had demanded that his client…

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