A 27-year-old woman has been arrested from Noida in connection with the murder of Delhi Police head constable Ratan Lal during the 2020 Northeast Delhi riots. Police sources said the woman was allegedly part of the mob that attacked Lal and other senior officers in Chand Bagh.
The woman had fled her home after being named a suspect in the case. Two years on, police said they traced and arrested her.
Senior officers said police were looking for her after the court declared her a proclaimed offender, but the woman kept changing her hideouts and her phones were switched off. “We had to find her and suspected that she must be in touch with her family in Delhi one way or another. It was then that we started checking call detail records of her relatives. Frequent calls came from an unknown phone number; the number was of a customer care executive and the location was traced to Noida. This was suspicious since there were many calls between the executive and the family,” said a senior police officer.
A team under DCP Sanjay Sain conducted technical surveillance of the number and found the suspect’s location in Noida Sector 63.
Sain said, “A trap was laid and the woman was caught on Thursday. We found that she had moved to Noida and got married recently. She was interrogated and confessed to her crime. She said she was active during the riots in Northeast Delhi. She was actively involved in anti-CAA/NRC protests as well.”
Sources said the woman is accused of allegedly being present in the “active mob” and “provoking” people to kill Lal and attack then DCP Amit Sharma and then ACP Anuj.
Sain said the woman lived at different rented accommodations after the riots to evade arrest. She then got married to a man who got her a job as a customer care executive at a Noida-based company.
During questioning, police said the woman revealed that she never used her phone and would only contact her relatives from her office number or use internet calling apps in order to hide her call records.
On October 2, the Delhi Police Crime Branch had arrested a 33-year-old man from Aligarh in the same case. The accused, Mohd Wasim, was caught after a call he made to a neighbour was traced.
Wasim is accused of allegedly planning and making crude bombs, and attacking the police with them and other weapons during the riots, police said.