Delhi Police exposed the conspiracy of the killing of imprisoned Hindu accused in the Delhi Riot. The police arrested the two Muslim youths involved in this conspiracy. They are identified as Shahid and Aslam. According to Delhi Police, Shahid, prisoner in Tihar Jail and Aslam from outside the jail hatched this conspiracy. Police seized Mercury from Shahid which was supplied by Aslam. Police said that Shahid and Aslam planned to use mercury to poison the Hindu accused inside the jail.
On February 23, 2020, the riots broke out following prolonged violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which grant citizenship to persecuted non-Muslims of neighbouring Islamic countries. Muslims opposed this Act and rioted in the capital in which 53 people reportedly died including an IB officer named Ankit Sharma. More than 200 people were reported to have been injured in the riots. Public and private properties worth crores including shops were set on fire during the riots.