On bulldozer’s path: Police prepare list of 85 key accused

Even when the demolition of activist Muhammad Javid’s home in Prayagraj raised questions about due process violations, he learned that district police are sending the names of 85 key suspects in the protests over the remarks targeting the Prophet to the civil authority for verification. irregularities.

Civilian officials said they had already received a list of 37 defendants and had begun the vetting process.

Meanwhile, the police move has raised fears among local residents that it is a precursor to more demolition notices.

When contacted by The Indian Express, Prayagraj SSP Ajay Kumar said the police are sending the names of all the arrested suspects to the Prayagraj Development Authority (PDA).

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So far, police have detained 92 people, including seven minors, for their alleged role in the protests. SSP Kumar said the names of 85 of the detainees, who are not minors, will be sent to the PDA. Minors are sent to repair homes.

The personal digital assistant has already begun collecting property details of 37 of the detainees. “We are surveying the properties, including homes and shops, of 37 accused. If it is found that any building has been constructed without approval, action will be taken in accordance with the law. A list of 37 accused has been submitted to the authorities,” said PDA District Officer Ajay Kumar.

According to UP Police, 333 people have been arrested across the state in connection with the June 10 protests.

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