Kejriwal announces Rs. 1cr compensation for deceased IB officer's family
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced a compensation of Rs. 1 crore for the family of the Intelligence Bureau officer, Ankit Sharma, killed in the recent violence in Northeast Delhi. The CM's announcement comes five days after the dead body of the IB officer was fished out of a drain in Northeast Delhi's Chand Bagh. Here are more details.
Rs. 1cr for Sharma's kin, government job for family member
Kejriwal tweeted on Thursday, "Ankit Sharma was a brave officer. He was brutally murdered in the riots. The country is proud of him." The CM added, "The Delhi government has decided that his family will be given an honorarium of Rs 1 crore, and a job to one person of his family. May his soul rest in peace."
According to Sharma's family, the officer had gone missing on Tuesday evening after he was picked up by rioters. Sharma's father, Devendra, told PTI, "When he didn't return, we started looking for him. We also went to the GTB and LNJP hospitals to check whether he was admitted, but could not find him." The next morning, Sharma's body was found in Chand Bagh drain.
Autopsy revealed Sharma was stabbed 400 times: Report
According to IANS, an autopsy revealed that Sharma's body had "multiple abrasion... deep cuts... by sharp edge objects." An NDTV report, citing the autopsy, stated that his body bore over 400 stab wounds. His family had alleged that Sharma was beaten and shot.
The day Sharma's body was found, Kejriwal had tweeted, "Such a tragic loss of life. The culprits must not be spared." The family, notably, accused Tahir Hussain, a councilor of Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party, for the officer's murder. Hussain, also accused of inciting violence in Northeast Delhi, claimed he was innocent. Hussain has been suspended by the party and booked in Sharma's murder.
What happened during the Northeast Delhi violence?
The violence in Northeast Delhi started on Sunday as a clash between pro and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protesters. Stone-pelting and arson continued unchecked for days. By Monday, 47 had died in connection with the violence. Delhi Police has formed two Special Investigation Teams to probe the violence. As of Sunday, the police had registered 254 FIRs. They have also arrested or detained 903 persons.