A total of 255 people from seven districts of Uttar Pradesh have been arrested in a simultaneous raid to identify and arrest people who set fire to a stone in protest after Friday’s prayer on June 10, police said on Saturday.
“Such people have no place in civilized society. In a statement issued by the state government, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath warned the authorities on Saturday morning that the innocents should not be harassed, but to avoid any wrongdoers.
On Friday, Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal, former spokespersons of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), held protests by Muslims across the country in defiance of Prophet Mohammed’s controversial statements, in which he reported pocket stones in Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. – Firing and setting fire. The Center has defended the comments of individuals who insult the religious figure “in no way, and does not reflect the views of the Government of India.”
UP Police officials said 13 First Information Reports (FIRs) have been registered in nine districts. About 200 people have been named and 5,500 strangers have been mentioned in the FIRs, he said. On Saturday, heavy police bandobust continued in many districts, including Lucknow.
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Additional Director General of Law and Order (ADG) Prashant Kumar said 68 persons were arrested from Prayagraj, 64 from Saharanpur and 50 from Hathras on charges of involvement in violence. He said 28 people were arrested in Ambedkar Nagar, 27 in Moradabad, 13 in Firozabad, three in Aligarh and two in Jalaun.
The FIRs have been filed under strict sections for Friday’s violence and the accused will be prosecuted under the Burglary Act and their property confiscated, ADG said.
“By following the legal procedure, compensation for the damage caused to public property will be obtained from the guilty,” he said.
Three FIRs were registered in Prayagraj and Saharanpur, while one FIR was registered in Firozabad, Aligarh, Hathras, Moradabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Jaloun and Lakhimpur Kheri. Seven districts have been arrested, he said. No one has ever been arrested in Lakhimpur Kheri and Jaloun.
FIRs said police personnel were injured as the burglar ran a stone.
The official quoted above said that of the three FIRs registered in Prayagaraj, 85 were named and 5,200 were referred to strangers.
Four minors between the ages of 15 and 17 were arrested and 64 were arrested in Prayagraj, he said.
He said 15-year-olds and 59-year-olds were among those detained in Prayagraj, which was most affected by the violence in the Atala area after Friday’s prayer.
He said the state government had directed austerity measures against all anti-social elements who participated in the efforts to derail the atmosphere in various cities of the state (Friday).
UP Chief Minister’s Media Advisor Mritunjay Kumar tweeted in Hindi on Saturday, “Uppravi Yad Rakhe, Her Shukrawar K Baad Ek Saturday Bhi Ata Hai (Remember, Every Friday After Saturday)” with a picture of the bulldozer demolished.
SSP Ajay Kumar said that in Pragya Raj, the detainees included Kala Danda Kabristan Committee Chairman Javed Mohammed aka Javed Pump. On Saturday, the old urban areas of Atala were converted into a fortress with heavy security, but rapid operational force and provincial armed constabulary (PAC) personnel were deployed in Roshanbag, Khudabad, Akbarpur and Kareli region and adjoining areas.
On Saturday morning, police officers held a flag parade in densely populated areas and lanes, appealing to the people to maintain peace.
Following clear warnings by police and administration officials about the illicit assets of the targeted rioters following Friday’s violent protests, Prayagaraj Development Authority (PDA) teams began to identify illegal constructions and encroachments in Atala and nearby areas.
In a move against the protesters, the city corporation, Saharanpur police and a joint team of the administration on Saturday bulldozed the houses of two accused, Muzammil and Abdul Wakir, in the home of Saharanpur.
Muzammil Raht is a resident of Colony and Abdul Wakir of Khata Kheri area of Saharanpur.
Other protesters were arrested by police on Friday for participating in an illegal march after prayers at the Jama Masjid.
Earlier, when people resorted to violence during their protest after Friday prayers, people pelted stones at police personnel in Prayagraj and Saharanpur. Ferozabad, Aligarh Moradabad, Ambedkar Nagar and Hathras witnessed similar scenes during Friday’s rally in protest of controversial statements made by former BJP spokespersons about Prophet Mohammed.
Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya tweeted: “The anti-BJP parties, their leaders and radicals are frustrated by the disastrous defeat of the 2022 UP Assembly elections and are trying unsuccessfully to disrupt the country / state environment. Legal action will be taken against the guilty. People should not be misled and peace should be maintained. If anyone has a complaint, they should file a memorandum in a democratic way.
In his tweet about the incident, former Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister and BJP MLA from Allahabad West Siddharth Nath Singh said: “Strict action will be taken against stone masons in Prayagaraj and other cities. No one is allowed to take the law into the hands of the Yogi government.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh tweeted a TV news report on the Pragya Raj violence: “Democracy works through dialogue. It follows the law and the constitution. Not through violence, riot and hooliganism. Strict action should be taken against those who spread the violence.