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Anti-Hindu riots: 1100 rioters identified using facial recognition tech, 300 came from UP, HM Amit Shah informs Parliament

Home Minister Amit Shah said Delhi Police are closely scrutinising about 60 social media accounts which were created on February 22 and closed down on February 26, 2020.

On Wednesday, Home Minister Amit Shah informed Lok Sabha that at least 1100 people, who were involved in Delhi riots, have been identified using the face identification technology.

Speaking at the Lok Sabha during the ongoing debate on the Delhi riots, Home Minister Amit Shah said, “We are using face-recognition software to identify people behind the violence. We have also fed voter IDs, driving license data into this software. The software has identified 1100 people, 300 of these people came from UP to carry out violence.”

Amit Shah said that the facial identification technique does not discriminate between communities and religions, “We entered Voter ID data, Driving license data and other information available with the government to identify people who were involved in the riots.”

The Home Minister also added that 40 teams of Delhi Police have been formed to track these 1100 people. “The arrest will be made only in cases where is hard evidence against a person,” Amit Shah said.

Giving details of the probe into the Delhi riots, the Home Minister said that Delhi Police has recovered over 100 arms from northeast Delhi and 49 cases have been registered under Arms Act. “The spread of riots on such a big scale in such a short time is not possible without a conspiracy. We have registered a case of conspiracy to probe this angle. Three people have been arrested for financing the violence in northeast Delhi,” he said.

“From 27 February till today, around 700 FIRs have been registered,” Amit Shah informed Lok Sabha. He also said that no incident of violence has taken place since February 27 11 pm.

Responding to allegations on Delhi Police’s failure to contain riots in the national capital, Home Minister Amit Shah said that Delhi Police managed to control riots within 36 hours. “These riots were taking place in a place which has a population of 20 lakh. They did a great job in controlling the riots from spreading any further,” Home Minister Amit Shah said in Lok Sabha.

Following the anti-Hindu riots that gripped several parts of North East Delhi in the last week of February, the Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday spoke for the first time about the ghastly violence that killed about 50 people and left several hundred injured.

Paying homage and expressing his condolences for the victims of the Delhi riots, Home Minister Amit Shah had said that no riots took place after February 25 and that attempts were being made to politicise the riots.

Defending the Delhi Police for its actions during the anti-Hindu riots, Home Minister Amit Shah said Delhi Police are closely scrutinising about 60 social media accounts which were created on February 22 and closed down on February 26, 2020. HM Shah stated that the violence in Delhi was fanned by inflammatory posts on social media by nefarious elements, adding that a thorough investigation by Delhi Police is underway to determine the culprits behind the incident.

Home Minister Shah also contended that the riots on such a massive scale in a short span of time is impossible without the possibility of a conspiracy. He stated that a case of conspiracy has been lodged to investigate the angle and the police have made 3 arrests on the charges of financing the violence in North East Delhi.

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