Day After Violence Over Prophet Remark, Houses of Accused Razed; Saharanpur Police Arrest 64

In the wake of the violence that erupted in Uttar Pradesh due to the recent statements of the now suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, the now suspended BJP spokeswoman, Soharanpur police on Saturday took to social media to share videos of bulldozers demolishing parts of homes. Two of the arrested suspects. to disturb peace and social harmony.

Pictures published by the police showed the policemen and municipal teams stationed in the residences of the accused Muzammil and Abdel Qir, with bulldozers razing the gates and external walls of their homes that the police claimed were illegal constructions.

Saharanpur SSP Akash Tomar was quoted as telling ANI: “A joint team of Saharanpur official, Development and Judiciary Authority, Revenue Team, Municipal Corporation and Police has been worked out to take action on the illegal properties of the accused in yesterday’s incident.”

The destroyed buildings belonged to Zafar Hayat Hashemi, the main suspect in the violence. In addition to a newly built building
It is located in the Swarupnagar district of Kanpur, 3 km from where the violence took place and is owned by Muhammad Ishtiaq, who is said to be close to the main accused Zafar Hayat Hashemi, and it was also demolished.

Speaking to NDTV, the additional Director General of UP Police, Prashant Kumar, claimed that the demolition was carried out in accordance with the rules and regulations.

He also affirmed that the police will take strict action against all persons or groups who “dared to disturb peace and harmony”, including charging them under the gang law, seizing their property, and making sure that they pay compensation for the damages caused to them. Public property so that such incidents do not recur.

Uttar Pradesh police said they have arrested 237 people from different districts. In Soharanpur and Prayagraj, police officials said that action will be taken against the detainees under the strict National Security Act. Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said in a statement on Saturday that among those arrested were 68 being held in Prayagraj and 50 in Hathras.

He said 28 in Ambedkarnagar, 25 in Muradabad, eight in Firuzabad, and three in Aligarh. UP Chief Minister Adityanath, who has often talked about how the state has gotten rid of recurring riots under his rule, issued a stern warning.

“Strict action will be taken against the anti-social elements involved in the chaotic efforts to spoil the atmosphere in various cities in the past few days,” he said in a directive to officials. “There is no place for such anti-socials in a civilized society. No innocent should be harassed, but no guilty should be spared.”

Kanpur violence

Violence erupted in parts of Kanpur after Friday prayers as members of the congregation indulged in brickwork and hurled grenades at attempts to close shops in protest of “insulting” comments of Prophet Muhammad Nupur Sharma, spokesman for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during a televised debate. Pramod Kumar said Kotwali police on Tuesday filed other information against people behind two Facebook accounts and three Twitter accounts for posting “fake and seditious content” about the June 3 violence, bringing the number of such users booked so far to 13.

In the latest development of the case, Moradabad SSP Hemant Kutiyal said police had obtained 14 days of pretrial detention for all 25 defendants in a recent protest over the controversial religious statement.

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